Friday, September 28, 2012

San Diego North – Top 6 Spots to Visit on Your Timeshare Vacation

Fall is a great time to plan a timeshare vacation to San Diego – the weather is just about perfect, the ocean is still warm enough to enjoy, and the crowds are gone.

Most people think of San Diego as the world-famous San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld (the first ever built), and the fascinating San Diego Harbor with all of its U.S. Naval shipping and private boating activity. However, there is quite possibly an entire San Diego you might not even know about. It’s called San Diego North.

Head to the northern part of San Diego County for a wonderful timeshare getaway for the entire family. Here you’ll discover scenic coastlines and beautiful valleys, and there are even mountains and deserts to explore. Below are just a few examples of what awaits you for a timeshare vacation you’ll never forget:

1. San Diego Wild Animal Park (also known as the San Diego Zoo Safari Park). At this exciting 1800-acre animal preserve you see herds of exotic animals as they would be in their native habitats. 

2. Torrey Pines State Reserve. From hiking and biking trails to the Torrey Pines Glider Port where you can take off for a hang glider adventure soaring out over the cliffs and beach (see top photo), this is one “wild” area you won’t want to miss.

3. Wineries. San Diego’s north county offers several award-winning wineries. A popular one is the Bernardo Winery, one of the oldest continuously operating wineries in the whole of California. You’ll enjoy visiting the tasting room, unique shops, and upscale café, all housed in several of the winery’s original buildings.

4. Bates Nut Farm. From September 28 – October 31 this family favorite is all about orange. The Pumpkin Patch is ready for your little ones to choose the biggest pumpkin they can find, and have fun with tractor rides, a straw maze, and even a petting zoo.

5. Julian. Another spot for an Autumn visit is this 1800s gold mining town in the mountains above San Diego. Julian’s Apple Days are celebrated through the Fall. Enjoy apple pies, fresh apple cider, and even apple wine as you stroll along the wooden sidewalks, rest in front of the historic Julian Hotel, and even tour old gold mines.

6. Beaches. Seventeen beaches make up the 36 miles of coastline of San Diego’s north county. From soft sand to hidden coves and jagged cliffs, these beaches offer all sorts of ways to enjoy sunny San Diego’s Pacific Ocean coast.

There are a number of budget-friendly timeshare rentals in luxurious resorts available throughout San Diego's north county, from Lawrence Welk’s Resort Villas perfect for the golf aficionado, to the Carlsbad Seapointe Resort in full view of stunning Pacific Ocean sunsets.

Photo Credit (1): sdzsafaripark.org
Photo Credit (2): flickriver.com
Photo Credit (3): trazzler.com
Photo Credit (4): joyfulsillyfantastic.com
Photo Credit (5): cayennecarob.blogspot.com
Photo Credit (6): socialimages.com

Thursday, September 27, 2012

3 Top Autumn Activities in Denmark on a Timeshare Vacation

The Scandinavian country of Denmark is a collection of islands and a peninsula that borders Northern Germany. Zealand is Denmark’s largest island and home to the country’s capital of Copenhagen.

Bornholm is known as the holiday island and locally called the rock island and is home to the famous round house churches that date back to the crusades.

Both of these islands are popular with visitors but here are some things to make sure you see when traveling in Denmark during the autumn.

1. Copenhagen Autumn Jazz Festival. Visitors will be able to experience this festival in late October, which takes place in different locations around the city. Tickets to this festival are available in advance or on the day at various outlets and visitors will be able to enjoy classical jazz right through to modern jazz performed by both Danish and international performers. There are lots of other attractions happening in the streets during this festival and it is a great time to visit and be a part of the fun.

2. Night of Culture. A well guarded secret is Copenhagen’s Night of Culture, which takes place for one night every October. Purchasing a ticket for this event will mean that you have free access to over 300 churches, galleries, museums, exhibitions, political buildings and much more. The great thing about this particular night is that many of these building are normally closed to the public, so you get to experience places that are definitely well off the beaten tourist track.

3. Ebel Festival. October also sees the town of Ebeltoft celebrating autumn. Denmark is famous for its apples and now grows over 300 different types and they are all celebrated at the Ebel Festival. Here you will get to sample cakes, cider, brandy and juice and will be able to purchase the products that are available. 

Autumn in Denmark is normally cooler but with plenty of sun, especially during September and October. No matter which part of Denmark you are visiting, you will find an abundance of parks and forests and autumn is the best time to do some hiking and explore these in detail.

The local tourist office will be able to provide you with maps so you can pick a hike that is suitable, then pack some lunch in a backpack (easy to make from your timeshare kitchen) and immerse yourselves in the amazing colours and scenery. You will also see much more wildlife during the autumn.

Stay in a timeshare exchange in Denmark, and check out the many Europe timeshare rentals, timeshare exchanges and timeshare resales also available.

Our guest author is Boris Dzhingarov, a graduate student from the University of National and World Economy. He is an experienced traveler and loves writing about the different destinations where he has visited. He recommends that you check out China and Kenya.

Top photo is of Hillerod, Denmark by tripideas.org

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Diamond Resorts International® Owners Featured in ARDA’s September Spotlight

American Resort Development Association’s September “Timeshare Fans” Go Around the World.

Featured in this month’s edition of the American Resort Development Association’s (ARDA) ongoing Timeshare Fan series, are six families who own a vacation holiday lifestyle with Diamond Resorts International®.

Originating from various locations all over the world, each owner shares their “once in a lifetime” vacation experiences in a video testimonial.

Chris and Susan Birdsey, loyal Diamond owners for many years, have enjoyed the flexibility Diamond offers through their point system. Diamond’s portfolio offers more than 220 destination choices, allowing members to travel to various locations across the globe.

The Birdseys explain how Diamond has reinvented the timeshare industry and then reflect on their decision to purchase vacation ownership with Diamond. “One of the things timeshare has done for us is to be able to give our children a great deal more of a view of the world,” said Chris Birdsey.




Diamond Resorts International® is the eleventh in a monthly series showcasing the passion of timeshare owners. With nearly 1.4 million owners, members and guests annually, a satisfaction rate of 85 percent, and an occupancy rate that outpaced hotel occupancy by more than 20 percent*, it is clear that this segment of the travel industry is faring well.

Take the time to find out why. Visit VacationBetter for more information. All timeshare fans are invited to tell their story.

Top photo is Diamond Resorts International's Scottsdale Villa Resort where timeshare rentals start at just $89/night and timeshare resales begin at $600.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday – Colorado

16th Street Mall, downtown Denver, CO – submitted by B. Thomas, Springboat Springs, CO.

Celebrating the beginning of Autumn, unattended pianos have been placed throughout downtown.    

"They're all playable," says B. Thomas. "Anyone can just stop and tickle the ivories. It's great because you hear live music of all kinds up and down the mall!"

Check out Colorado timeshares for rentals, exchanges and resales.

Submit your photo to #TravelTuesday! Just send it via email to us at: learnmore (at) redweek (dot) com. Let us know your name, where you are from, and where the photo was taken.

Monday, September 24, 2012

3 Timeshare Resorts for Affordable Family Fall Getaways - The Secret is to Rent

As RedWeek’s September Newsletter mentions, the cold hard truth of today is that most families cannot afford to vacation like they used to. Job uncertainty, rising gas prices, and airline baggage fees are all barriers to getting away.

Timeshare rental availability is on the rise and travelers are reaping the benefits. By taking advantage of RedWeek's “by-owner rentals,” families can stay at amazing resorts at bargain rates.

Rent a timeshare close by to save on those gas prices. Or, if you are going to fly, you can save on the airline luggage fees by packing light -  most timeshares have a washer and dryer included!

Featured below are three of the great deals for timeshare travel that are available right now.

1. Marriott’s BeachPlace Towers, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. (See top photo) Situated on the "Gold Coast" of Florida, just 23 miles north of Miami, Fort Lauderdale is known as the "Venice of America" for its amazing intricate canal system. From its prime oceanfront location, this resort commands spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway.

Marriott's BeachPlace Towers timeshare rentals start at just $128/night; Resales begin at $2,495.

One RedWeek reviewer said: We could not have been happier with our choice of staying here. The location directly across the street from the beach was very convenient, and our room had the most beautiful Intracoastal view of multi-million-dollar mansions and watching the yachts go by.

2. Wyndham La Belle Maison, New Orleans, LA. Just two blocks from the French Quarter, and within easy walking distance of popular Bourbon Street, the 100-year-old Franklin Press building has been transformed into a vibrant urban vacation experience.

Wyndham La Belle Maison timeshare rentals start at $125/night.

One RedWeek reviewer said: This is my favorite place to stay in New Orleans, and I have stayed here a number of times. I never rent a car, just take the airport shuttle to La Belle Maison, then walk everywhere I want to go or take one of New Orleans’ fun streetcars.

3. Big Cedar Wilderness Club, Ridgedale, MO. Nestled in the midst of the Ozark Mountains, this resort is the perfect Fall getaway. The warm Autumn days are just right for the many outdoor activities that include hiking, biking, boating, fishing, and golf. Head to nearby Branson for glittering nightlife.

Big Cedar Wilderness Club timeshare rentals start at just $57/night. Resales begin at $3500.

One RedWeek reviewer said: This is our favorite Midwest resort, and our favorite Bluegreen resort. The resort environment, décor, and amenities are First Class!!

RedWeek members have timeshare rentals listed all over the country and all over the world. Find one that will work for your family!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Rio’s 2016 Olympics Already in the News! Think Timeshare Travel

“The world’s eyes will turn to us right after the closing of the London Games,” Jose Peixoto, Observer Program chief said at the beginning of the London Olympics 2012. “It’s very important that we learn from London’s experience.”

Prior to London’s Closing Ceremony when Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes received the official Olympic flag from London’s mayor Boris Johnson, a team of 152 Rio staff members had participated in the IOC’s (International Olympic Committee) Observer Program, designed to help the next Olympic hosts with their 2016 Summer Games preparations.

Rio de Janeiro won the bid for the XXXI Olympic Summer Games in 2016 after beating out the three other finalists of Chicago, Madrid, and Tokyo, to become the first South American city and the first Portuguese-speaking country to host the Olympics.

The Olympic flag's triumphant arrival in Rio de Janeiro marked the official start of Rio's Olympic preparations. The city will undertake nearly 200 projects to construct sports venues and other infrastructure during the next four years.

This week it was announced that Studio Aecom had unveiled the first renderings of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Park (see top photo). The Park will be built in a striking triangular layout spread over 300 acres, 

The London-based architects won the contract for the site, which will form the centre point of the 2016 Olympic Games. Located in the Rio neighborhood of Barra da Tijuca, the park will be on the site of the former grand prix track. The venue will host the majority of the Olympic and Paralympic sports in a total of 34 venues. Some 18 of the venues are in operation already.

“We will show off the best of Brazilian architecture in a magnificent setting,” said Bill Hanway of Studio Aecom, which also designed the London Olympic park.

“It will be the first Olympics in South America and Rio is the most beautiful city in the world. We have tried to reflect the beauty and spirit of the place in our master plan,” said Hanway.

The main Olympic stadium will be the famous Maracanã, which will be redeveloped in time for the FIFA World Cup in 2014.

While officials and workers begin the task of creating Rio’s Olympic Park, you can take advantage of the many timeshare exchanges available at the Grand Palladium Imbassai Resort and Spa (see photo right) in Mata de Sao Joao, to practice your Portuguese.

Located on the tropical Atlantic coast in the Brazilian state of Bahia, this popular resort is actually within the Imbassai Nature Reserve where you will “discover the delights of staying in an uncommonly luxurious resort at the edge of the water, surrounded by coconut groves and winding rivers.”

Photo Credit (top): dailymail.co.uk
Photo Credit (center): deccanchronicle.com
Photo Credit (bottom): tripadvisor.com

Thursday, September 20, 2012

What to Eat in the Bahamas on Your Timeshare Vacation

When you are on a Caribbean timeshare vacation, food is a major part of the exotic experience. The Bahamas offers a variety of international, home-cooked and traditional cuisines which are found all over the islands.

These dishes are served in restaurants, hotels and resorts from casual to a fine dinning atmosphere. Almost every type of cuisine is served in popular restaurants such as Mexican, Continental, Asian, and even Greek dishes, but of course it is worth to try their local dishes as well.

Dining in restaurants that offer traditional cuisines can surely satisfy the senses of tourists who love seafood and spices, although these may also depend on where you dine and your food preferences. Most restaurants are versatile in the traveler's personal taste. They can lessen the spices of the dishes, if requested. The specialty cuisines usually come with a well prepared and seasoned soups and sauces.

Here are some of the Bahamian cuisines that are found throughout the archipelago:

1. One of the most popular seafood in the Bahamas is the Conch (pronounced as "konk"). Conch is a sea mollusk or shellfish. Many people know the beautiful Conch shell (see photo left). The meat is similar to an oyster but it is not slimy and is white and firm. It is prepared in a variety of ways like steamed, uncooked, stewed, mixed in salads, and also deep fried with fritters, which they call "cracked conch." They also use it in soups like the Conch Chowder.

2. One of the favorite local breakfasts is the boiled fish and grits. The favorite fish used when boiling is the Grouper. The locals are skilled in cooking this fish and they make sure that the meat is tender and flavorful. They also include boiled fish as a side dish in stews.

3. The Bahamian rock lobster is also popular (see top photo), used in stews, soups and salads. This is usually broiled with citrus juices and spices.

4. Coconut is used in most deserts served in the island and it is part of the diet of the locals. This is due to the numerous coconut trees found throughout the islands, which tourists will notice as they tour around the Bahamas. The fruit is commonly served as pies, custards, coconut cream tarts (see photo right), cakes, pudding, and even as ice cream.

5. Never miss a chance to try their exclusive cocktails and drinks when dining in bars and restaurants. Favorite cocktails are the Pina Colada and Rum Punch. You must also try their national beer, Kalik, considered a “national treasure” and a reflection of the Bahamian culture. Fresh fruit juices are also popular drinks and are often served with meals.

Timeshare rentals in the Bahamas are budget friendly, and can be as low as $68/night. Your timeshare kitchen gives you the opportunity to prepare “at home” some of your favorite foods of the Bahamas.

Our guest author, Will, is the owner and editor of Tourist Spots a website covering a large variety of tourist destinations such as Palau, Austria and Sudan. If you are looking for exotic places to plan your vacation be sure to check out this list of Top Tourist Spots in the World.

Photo Credit (rock lobster): worldwidewebawards.net
Photo Credit (conch): vanishingtattoo.blogspot.com
Photo Credit (coconut): southernliving.com

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Top 4 Wine Country Towns for an Autumn Timeshare Vacation

It’s autumn and that means Grape Harvest! Take a timeshare rental vacation to northern California’s amazing Wine Country - now is the time to go – in September and October. The days are warm, the nights are crisp, the vineyards are beautiful in orange and gold, and the grapes are plump and inviting.

To help you get your itinerary started here are 4 Top California Wine Country towns and their local wineries suggested by Frommers:

1. Napa. Nestled along the Napa River, this is one of the best known and most popular stops in the Napa Valley area. Enjoy a visit to the Napa Mill, a historic building dating back to the 1880s. Be sure to check out the mosaic fountain depicting scenes from Napa’s colorful history. The Main Street Bridge over the Napa River is the oldest stone bridge in the state of California.

Nearby Wineries – Clos du Val is French-owned and known for its cabernet and pinot. Besides a rustic tasting room there’s a rose garden, picnic areas, and a petanque court (a popular French sport). Darioush was founded by an Iranian from the Shiraz region whose ancient Persian city lent inspiration to the winery’s Greco architecture.

2. Sonoma. The town’s crowning jewel is the plaza’s Mission San Francisco Solano (also called Sonoma Mission), Mexico's last and northernmost outpost in the string of missions that starts in San Diego.

Nearby Wineries – The cavernous tasting room of the Gundlach Bunschu winery rocks with lively music, and you can take a tour into the caves and vineyard. Family-owned Ravenswood winery, famous for its bold zinfandels, offers barrel-tasting in the cellar.

3. Petaluma. This historic town sits along the Petaluma River, a tidal estuary from San Pablo Bay. Its well-preserved city center includes many buildings that survived the 1906 earthquake in neighboring San Francisco. 

Nearby Wineries – The Keller Estate is the area’s most prominent winery and is considered one of the most beautiful wineries in the state of California. The family-owned property displays a commitment to art and architecture just as strong as its devotion to good wine, especially its pinot. The Lagunitas Brewing Co. is also popular, especially its "TapRoom and Beer Sanctuary," where generous pours are free.

4. Mendocino. A gorgeous scenic drive of wind-swept coastal views will get you to this charming town with historic architecture and lovely antique shops. One of the most popular activities here is riding the Skunk Train, an old-fashioned steam-powered train that traverses a circa-1885 railroad track through ancient groves of redwoods.

Nearby Wineries – The popular Navarro Vineyards serves up gewürztraminer, pinot noir, and chardonnay. During Navarro's one-hour vineyard tour you might see a chicken tractor or babydoll sheep. Breggo is another popular spot, known for its outstanding pinot gris.

You can find affordable timeshare rentals in the Napa Valley, or plan to stay in a budget-friendly San Francisco timeshare rental less than an hour away.

Read the Frommers article in its entirety.

Photo Credit (Napa): destination360.com
Photo Credit (Sonoma): housenumbers.ca
Photo Credit (Petaluma): frommers.com
Photo Credit (Mendocino): frommers.com

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday – Rome

The Colosseum at Night. Submitted by M. McDonnell, Arizona.

 The Roman Colosseum could rival many modern sports stadiums. Built in the first century CE, it could seat 50,000 spectators.

Submit your photo to #TravelTuesday! Just send it via email to us at: learnmore (at) redweek (dot) com. Let us know your name, where you are from, and where the photo was taken.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Have You Heard of RedWeek’s Full-Service Timeshare Resale Option?

In this day and age reselling your timeshare can be complicated. If you’ve decided you could use some help take a look at our Full-Service Timeshare Resale option.

RedWeek now offers a full-service posting option where we handle the entire process: creating your posting, fielding inquiries, and ensuring a smooth, legal transfer.

What is Included?

  • Help identifying current market prices for your unit 
  • A review of your ownership so your posting is accurate 
  • Fielding inquiries from interested buyers 
  • Negotiating a final sale price 
  • Handling the entire closing: coordination among the resort, closing agent, buyer, and you 
  • Our partner, Fidelity Real Estate Agency (a licensed broker), handles all tasks where licensing is required 

What Does it Cost? 

  • $125 resale posting 
  • On successful sale: $399.00 or 3% of resale price (whichever is greater) 

How Do You Get Started? Fill out the forms that give us:

  • Ownership Information 
  • Unit Information 
  • Contact Information 

Questions? Send them to support@redweek(dot)com and we'll be happy to help.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Back-to-School Gets Help From Disney VoluntEARS

The Walt Disney World Resort donated a record 3.1 million school supplies and Disney VoluntEARS created over 13,000 stuffed back packs for Central Florida students in need.

School bus loads of school essentials were presented by Mickey Mouse and his pals to school superintendents. Orange County Superintendent Dr. Barbara Jenkins, Osceola County Superintendent Melba Luciano, Lake County Superintendent Dr. Susan Moxley, Seminole County Superintendent Walt Griffin, and Polk County Superintendent Dr. Sherrie B. Nickell were all on hand to accept the donations and ring a bell celebrating the new school year.
 
 On a mission to set students up for success Walt Disney World Resort Cast Members spent 2,300 hours during August collecting and sorting pencils, notebooks, rulers and more – all as part of the annual Back-to-School Supply Drive. It’s one of the many ways Disney shows its support of education and children in Central Florida.

When it’s time to take your kids to Walt Disney World for a well-deserved school break, plan to stay in a budget-friendly Disney timeshare rental. Throughout Greater Orlando timeshare rentals are also very affordable for family vacations.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

How Flowers Feature in Thai Culture - With a Timeshare Vacation

There is simply no other region in the world that loves flowers like Thailand does. Much of the culture is actually based around the flowers of Thailand. You can see evidence of this passion for flowers almost everywhere that you look in the country. Let’s take a little look at the different flowers seen in Thailand culture.

One of the most evident can be found on the side of the major airline ‘Thai Airways’ which boasts an orchid (see top photo) as its symbol. This really does help show the connection between flowers and Thai culture, and it is a message that has been spread throughout the world.

Flowers are also common at weddings throughout Thailand. In fact, there are a number of aspects to weddings that dictate what sort of flowers should be used. For example you shouldn’t use white flowers at a wedding because it symbolise bad luck, therefore you have committed a pretty big mistake if you stop by a wedding with one of these in hand.

In addition to the plethora of flowers seen in Thailand in the wild, there are many others that are on public display created by the loving hands of people in Bangkok. In fact, they absolutely love to share their passion for flowers in Thailand and throughout the country you will find many beautiful festivals and celebrations that are run in honour of the beautiful flowers of the country, such as the Rama IX Park Flower Festival (see photo above).

It is worth visiting a couple of these if you really want to get a genuine feel of Thailand culture. You will be surprised at just how much knowledge the people are willing to part with on Thailand Wild Flowers, as well as the ones that are held more ‘captive’.

If you really want to get a true feel for the popularity of flowers in Thailand then you should check out Pak Khlong Tat Market in Bangkok (see photo right). It is the primary flower market in the city and it is packed full of some of the best Thailand florists. It really is a major tourist attraction in the city and is well worth a visit if you are in the area, especially since it is open for 24 hours a day.

As you can probably guess, there are plenty of florists that will be able to provide you with the flowers that you want to decorate your home or simply to give as a gift. Owing to the fact that flowers are incredibly popular, they are often fairly cheap as well.

There are many budget-friendly timeshare rentals in Thailand. For example, currently you can stay at Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club on beautiful Phuket Island for just $70/night. Also check out the great timeshare exchanges available in Thailand.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Back-to-School Timeshare Vacation – 4 Top Places for Art and Architecture

Who says learning can’t be fun? Plan a timeshare rental vacation and let the kids learn about art and architecture up close and personal. Here are 4 top destinations that can become “back-to-school” classrooms, as suggested by Rueters:

1. Paris, France. It may seem obvious, but there's a reason why Paris always ends up on top of most art-lovers' lists. Start with one of the largest and most well-known museums in the world, the Louvre (Musee du Louvre). This museum displays an estimated 380,000 objects and 35,000 works of art including Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa.

And the Louvre Palace itself (Palais du Louvre – see top photo) is one of the most famous architectural works of art in Paris. Another building famous for its architectural design is one of the most famous gothic cathedrals in the world, Notre Dame.

Stay in a Paris timeshare rental starting at just $129/night.

2. Florence, Italy. Known as the "cradle of the Renaissance," Florence is overflowing with beautiful art and architecture. From palaces to monuments to cathedrals, the city itself is a giant museum of master architectural work. The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower), also known as the Duomo, is Florence’s most famous church (see photo).

For art be sure to visit Galleria dell' Accademia (Academy Gallery), the home of Michelangelo's David. 

Tuscany timeshare rentals start at just $171/night.

3. Vatican City, Rome. St. Peter's Square is an architectural masterpiece designed by Gian Bernini in the seventeenth century, but it's the Vatican museums and churches that are the stars. These museums hold an immense collection of sculptures, paintings and artifacts that have been collected by the Roman Catholic Church for centuries. This includes some of history's most renowned works of art, such as Michelangelo's painted ceiling at the Sistine Chapel.

And don't forget, just outside the Vatican walls sits Rome, which could stand alone as an art lover's delight with its museums and Roman architecture.

You can stay in a Rome timeshare rental for just $139/night.

8. Los Angeles, CA. Not all fascinating art and architecture is centuries old. As one of the most eclectic cities in the United States, Los Angeles is a giant melting pot of modern art and architecture that is just waiting to be explored.

Architect Renzo Piano is currently spearheading a 3-phase renovation of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in West Hollywood. Visit Chris Burden's iconic Urban Light display (see photo) at LACMA , or travel downtown to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), where artists such as Banksy and Tim Burton have shown their work.

Southern California timeshare rentals start as low as $86/night.

Read the complete Rueters article.

Photo Credit (1): 123rf.com
Photo Credit (2): wikipedia.org
Photo Credit (3): hotelmorgana.com
Photo Credit (4): luxpresso.com

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday - 9-11 Memorial in NYC


 Today marks the Eleventh Anniversary of 9-11. We are taking a departure from our usual sharing of travel photos submitted by you, our readers and members. This photo is courtesy of now.msn.com, and shows the 9-11 Memorial in New York City. Here visitors walk around the two "Footsteps" of the twin towers, now beautiful memorial fountains.


Monday, September 10, 2012

Back-To-School - With a Disney Timeshare Vacation in Orlando!

It’s Back-To-School time, and that means it’s time to settle down and focus on learning. No more carefree days on the beach. However, learning can still be fun, and timeshare rental vacations can be planned to do just that.

For example, team up with Disney!

As part of Walt Disney World’s ongoing support of the Orlando Museum of Art, the company is sponsoring From Alice to Zeus: The Art of John Rocco, an exhibit on view through October 28, 2012. Rocco, who writes award-winning children’s books and illustrates them, is a Disney Hyperion published author.

Rocco started his collaboration with Disney when he became a Disney Imagineer. He designed attractions for Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort and served as an art director for DisneyQuest.

Rocco studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design and School of Visual Arts in New York City. Following his 1991 graduation he collaborated with actress Whoopi Goldberg in creating the picture book Alice.

After returning to New York City in 2004 Rocco began writing and illustrating children’s books – Wolf! Wolf!, Moonpowder, Fu Finds the Way – all published by Disney Hyperion Books. 

Rocco’s most recent picture book, Blackout (published in 2011 by Disney Hyperion Books), was selected as the 2012 American Library Association Caldecott Honor for most distinguished American picture book for children.

The exhibit at the Orlando Museum of Art includes more than 60 preparatory drawings and finished illustrations by Rocco as well as rough sketches and doodles offering a “behind the scenes” look at the artist’s creative process.

Rocco will appear at the Orlando Museum of Art on September 29 at 1:00 pm for a free presentation and book signing. This is a perfect opportunity for the kids to meet an author they probably already know, and see the process he goes through to create his art.

If you can’t make Rocco’s personal appearance, a visit to the Orlando Museum of Art during September or October to see Rocco’s work is still a great way for kids to enjoy learning. During this “shoulder season” airfare is cheaper, and affordable Orlando timeshare rentals start at just $70/night. Disney timeshare rentals are budget-friendly, too, and start at just $129/night.

Friday, September 07, 2012

Disney’s Aulani Celebrates 1st Anniversary with New Additions for Your Timeshare Vacation

As Disney’s Aulani, A Resort & Spa in Ko’Olina, on Hawaii’s island of Oahu, marks its first anniversary, plans are for expanded water fun, and new dining options.

A themed family pool, a new kids’ splash zone and two new quick-service dining locations will be among the highlights of an enhancement project getting underway in September at Aulani.

Among the most popular features of the resort is the Waikolohe Valley. Waikolohe means mischievous water and the valley is home to the recreation and water play areas leading out to the Aulani beachfront.

The new pool, splash zone and additional deck space will extend the sun and water fun literally to the very edge of the resort property, with the pool’s “infinity edge” overlooking the adjoining lagoon.

A highlight of the family pool will be a misty grotto from which relaxing swimmers may view the sunset. After dark, a magical starscape of glimmering lights will appear on the grotto ceiling and the floor of the pool.

The nearby kids’ splash zone will be designed to resemble tidal pools with some playful surprises for youngsters, including rainbow water jets, images of tidal pool creatures on the pool floors, and hidden Menehune, the legendary little people of the islands, who may be spotted through chinks in the rocks.

Additional deck space, chairs, chaises and cabanas will surround these new water features. Also coming to Aulani will be two new food service locations. One of these, located adjacent to the new water play area and the existing Wailana Pool, will serve continental breakfast and offer a lunch and a light dinner menu with a selection of sandwiches, salads and snacks that can be enjoyed in the adjoining outdoor patio which provides a beautiful ocean view. A second quick-service eatery will be located beachside, offering grab-and-go snacks with easy access for beachgoers.

Work on these enhancements will begin in September and conclude in mid-2013, coinciding with the final build-out of the resort. Along with the water play and dining additions, the expansion will provide a new, larger lawn location for events, weddings and the guest favorite nighttime Starlit Hui show.

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, sits on 21 acres of beautiful oceanfront in Ko'Olina, adjacent to a nine-acre, crystal-blue lagoon and white-sand beach. Ko'Olina is 17 miles from Honolulu International Airport and approximately 30 minutes from Waikiki.

Check out all Disney timeshare rentals.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

3 Top Golf Courses for Your Timeshare Vacation in Myrtle Beach

Planning a golf trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, can be a bit overwhelming. Having to choose between hundreds of incredible area courses is a tough decision to make and unfortunately, you can’t play every course unless you plan to move to the area permanently.

There are a few courses, however, that stand out from the rest. While there aren’t really any bad courses along the Grand Strand, a select few will make your golf trip much more worthwhile.

1. True Blue Plantation (see top photo). Located on Pawely’s Island True Blue Plantation is just a short drive south of downtown Myrtle Beach. Rated by Golf Digest as the #1 Public Course in Myrtle Beach, True Blue continues to awe golfers who come to play. As a former rice and indigo plantation, True Blue was designed by renowned course designer Mike Stranz and offers golfers breathtaking views as you make your way around the challenging yet relaxing course.

With different sets of tees on each hole, the course can be as short as 4900 yards for beginners or as long as 7100 yards for professionals. True Blue Plantation is also on Golf Digest’s list of “America’s Top 100 Public Courses”.

2. The Dunes Golf and Beach Club. The Dunes Golf and Beach Club is one of Myrtle Beach’s oldest golf courses. In fact, it was the second golf course in Myrtle Beach, built back in 1949. Designed by the infamous Robert Trent Jones Sr., the course’s design is what keeps players coming back year after year. Similar to True Blue, The Dunes Club is also ranked on Golf Digest’s list of “America’s Top 100 Public Courses” and has become somewhat of a local gem.

The Dunes Course is also home to one of the most famous holes in the country- the par 5 13th, otherwise known as waterloo. With a 90 degree dogleg right playing around alligator-filled Lake Singleton, the hole is an original by any standard.

The 13th hole, along with the entire course at The Dunes Club, is so well-known that several major events have been held here in the past, including several Senior PGA Tour Championships and, most notably, the U.S. Women’s Open.

3. Hackler Course.  Perhaps one of the least well-known courses in the Grand Strand, the Hackler course is true a hidden gem of the area. Located on the campus of Coastal Carolina University, the Hackler is a recently renovated, par 72 golf course. It is the training grounds for Professional Golf Management students at the University and is maintained year-round.

The course also offers an all grass driving range complete with practice bunker as well as a 3,000 square-foot practice putting green. With an excellent tournament program as well as casual play environment, the Hackler is a must play while in the area.

For a more complete look into all area courses, check out Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday - the golf experts of the area. 

Myrtle Beach timeshare rentals start as low as $68/night.

Our guest author, James Zeller, is an online content and blog writer with experience writing about a variety of subjects including Myrtle Beach golf, travel, food, and fashion.

Photo Credit (top): golfdigest.com
Photo Credit (center): destinationtravelmagazine.com
Photo Credit (bottom): golfholiday.com

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Democratic National Convention 2012 - in Charlotte, North Carolina

The National Democratic Convention is currently underway in Charlotte, North Carolina. Located in the Carolina Piedmont, a beautiful wide plateau between the Atlantic Ocean and the rising of the Appalachian Mountains, Charlotte (see photo) is North Carolina’s largest city. The city is home to the NFL Carolina Panthers, and is also the second largest financial center in the U.S. by assets, following New York City.

The real destination in North Carolina for popular vacationing, however, is the Outer Banks. The Outer Banks consist of a string of barrier islands off North Carolina’s Atlantic Coast, that have a perfect temperate climate for enjoying a wide expanse of beachfront.

The islands of the Outer Banks are known for more than beautiful beach scenery. Kill Devil Hills is where the Wright Brothers first flew their powered, heavier-than-air vehicle, near the seaside town of Kitty Hawk. The Wright Brothers National Memorial consists of a monument tower and a Visitor’s Center with a museum exhibiting models and actual tools and machines used by the Wright Brothers.

You can also walk through the field over which four historic flights took place. Watch for small monuments that mark each flight’s start and finish. Two wooden sheds recreate the world’s first airplane hangers.

At the Cape Hatteras National Seashore you can spend time on the beach, or climb the lighthouse. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (see photo) is one of the most iconic lighthouses in the U.S. It stands guard over waters so treacherous that the area is now known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic due to the many shipwrecks that have occurred here.

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore is also along the Atlantic Flyway – serving as major resting and feeding grounds for migratory birds. Every autumn you can see ducks, geese, hawks and eagles among other migratory birds, as they make their way south for the winter. One of the passing star attractions here is the beautiful Snow Goose.

Enjoy a budget-friendly vacation by renting a timeshare on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. For example, the High Dunes Resort on Kill Devil Hills has timeshare rentals starting at just $71/night. The fishing in this area is superb. Ten miles from the resort is Oregon Inlet, the “Blue Marlin Capital of the World.”

On Bogue Banks island Atlantic Beach offers a number of timeshare rentals. The Peppertree Atlantic Beach resort has timeshare rentals starting at $75/night. Atlantic Beach is known for expansive public beaches, and for Fort Macon State Park, the second most-visited State Park in North Carolina. Here you can tour Fort Macon where a major Civil War battle was fought in 1862.

North Carolina is a beautiful state worth your look when planning a timeshare rental vacation the entire family will enjoy.

Photo Credit (Charlotte): abvicharlotte.com
Photo Credit (lighthouse): bunthorne.blogspot.com

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday – Las Vegas

"View of the Bellagio Fountains from my timeshare" – submitted by Joseph Gosha, North Carolina.

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