Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Timeshare Vacation – Something for Everyone

The celebrating of this unique holiday called Halloween must run the gamut from little toddlers through teens and adults. Thankfully, a timeshare vacation can help you cover the bases. Here are two suggestions:

1. Legoland Florida. Here youngsters and the young-at-heart can enjoy Halloween to its fun fullest. This theme park is hosting its first-ever Halloween event in 2012, dubbing it "Brick-or-Treat".

Halloween activities at the recently-opened park include trick-or-treating, costume contests and a competition to build the best Halloween-style Lego model. An enormous Lego Jack-O-Lantern (see top photo) is installed at the park throughout the celebrations.

The park's signature attraction, Miniland USA, has a Halloween overlay during the events. Guests at Legoland Florida will be challenged to search for goblins, ghosts and other scary beings hidden among the area's Lego recreations of famous landscapes from the Las Vegas Strip to the skylines of New York.

Legoland Florida opened to the public in October 2011, with a water park debuting in May 2012. The park is aimed at families with children aged 2-12, with its line-up including roller coasters, water slides and "edu-tainment" rides such as the popular Driving School.

Stay in a budget-friendly Greater Orlando timeshare rental.

2. Haunted New Orleans, LA. Teens and adults will want to head to "the most haunted city in the United States." And New Orleans definitely lives up to its frightening reputation, with voodoo shops, museums and wicked tales of Marie Laveau, the "Queen of Voodoo."

But the spooky adventures don't end there. Come face to face with the paranormal on one of the many ghost and cemetery tours, or step into Anne Rice's world of vampires and demons in the French Quarter.

The Louisiana Area Vampire Association, among other vampire organizations, holds wickedly wonderful vampire balls during Halloween. And the annual Voodoo Music Festival, held in City Park, attracts well-known performers.

Mortuary Haunted House on Canal Street is where to go if you really want to be scared out of your wits. Realistic and gory special effects, along with frighteningly talented actors, combine to make this one of the most popular Halloween haunted houses in New Orleans. But there's a twist. This used to be a real mortuary.

Check out other Halloween Haunts in New Orleans.

Find a great New Orleans timeshare rental.

Photo Credit (Legoland): florida.legoland.com
Photo Credit (New Orleans): teenagechowhound.blogspot.com

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday – Queen Creek

Granddaughter Makenna at Schnepf Pumpkin Farm, Queen Creek, AZ. Submitted by Julia M., Phoenix.

Designated an "Arizona Treasure" by Governor Janet Napolitano, Schnepf Farms has evolved to become a popular family entertainment center. Attractions include a Parker 1912 carousel, the oldest operating one in the state.

Check out Greater Phoenix timeshare rentals that start as low as $70/night.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Terror, the Walking Dead – It’s All About a Halloween Timeshare Vacation!

There are the fun Halloween events for the little tots in your family, and then there are the ones just right for teens and adults. Plan a timeshare vacation to California or Florida for a taste of a real Haunting Halloween!

1. Universal Studios Hollywood – Halloween Horror Nights. The park's world-famous Studio Tour attraction traditionally undergoes a temporary makeover during the Halloween event, and this year's version will see hordes of zombies terrorizing guests. Invading the Universal Studios Hollywood backlot, the undead will be swarming over a number of sets from famous movies and TV productions.

The 2012 incarnation of the “Terror Tram” at Universal Studios Hollywood is themed around The Walking Dead TV series.

"The Terror Tram is one of the most popular Halloween Horror Nights attractions since it's the only time people can walk on the historic Universal backlot where the horror film genre was born,” explains Creative Director John Murd.

“The juxtaposition of the backlot's rural setting amid a small town devastated by a horrific plane wreckage complements the TV series' sets almost to a tee and provides the ideal backdrop to showcase the 'walkers' from AMC's The Walking Dead, on a grand scale."

A horror maze dedicated to The Walking Dead, dubbed The Walking Dead: Dead Inside, is also included in Universal Studios’ line-up.

Stay at a Southern California timeshare rental.

2. Busch Gardens Tampa – Howl-O-Scream. “Keep Calm and Fight Zombies” is one of the many signs seen around this Florida theme park during its 2012 annual Halloween event. The “Keep Calm and…” signs are based on the iconic signs that were posted throughout London during the WWII blitz and that became popular again during the London Olympics this past summer.

Fright Feast is billed as the most deranged dinner show in town, and even comes with its own Warning! This event contains intense adult content such as violence, gore, and blood! 

Seen creeping through the park is this year’s monster, dubbed Trickster, a nasty dude you can only hope you don’t encounter.

In its 13th year, Howl-O-Scream has evolved into an event that gives you some very serious startles, offered up by an eager cast of “scare-actors.” Nowhere in this extremely large park – are you safe.

Stay at a Tampa area timeshare rental.

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Holidays are Just Around the Corner - Time to Plan Your Timeshare Vacaton!

As the RedWeek October Newsletter pointed out - with just two months to the holiday season, now is the time to secure your holiday timeshare rental. Be sure to check out the Newest Rentals page on RedWeek.com for the latest rental advertisements, and some amazing deals. Take a look at these three:

1. Park City, UT. This area is quickly becoming one of the top ski destinations in the world, with a wide variety of ski runs that range from beginner level to very challenging. RedWeek members have listed more than a dozen Park City holiday rentals.

Westgate Park City Resort and Spa (see top photo) offers luxury villas with ski-in/ski-out capability, as well as shopping, dining and entertainment. A holiday timeshare rental here starts at just $157/night. Resales start at $600.

2. Honolulu, HI. Located on the island of Oahu, Honolulu is the capital of the state of Hawaii, its most populous city, and this is where you’ll find world-famous Waikiki Beach. RedWeek members have just listed two new holiday timeshare rentals on Waikiki Beach.

The new Waikiki Beach Walk Resort (see photo) is the largest development in Waikiki history with 7.7 acres of shops, eateries and live entertainment located close to pretty much everything. A holiday timeshare rental here is available for an amazing $114/night. Resales start at $3697.

3. Palm Beach, FL. Located on Florida’s “Gold Coast” - the name is a reference to the wealth and ritzy lifestyle said to characterize the area - the Palm Beach area offers a variety of activities--from strolling among Worth Avenue's exquisite shops to teeing off at one of 145 area golf courses to deep-sea fishing, dog racing, and scuba diving. RedWeek members have listed several Palm Beach holiday timeshare rentals, perfect for a warm winter getaway.

Palm Beach Shores Resort (see photo) provides the ultimate getaway, packed with nonstop excitement. Relax on the resort's expansive beach, or explore the on-site amenities, which include a swimming pool, health club, whirlpool, kid's club, and restaurant. Holiday timeshare rentals here start at just $125/night. Resales start at $500.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

4 Tips to Managing Your Money On a Timeshare Vacation

It’s never been more important to manage your money well and unfortunately that extends to your vacations too. Although a timeshare vacation can represent very good value for money in terms of what you spend on your accommodation, if you aren’t careful the extra costs can soon add up.

Here we look at a few ways that you can successfully make your spending money go further on a timeshare vacation.

1. Consider your travel costs. Many people don’t consider the cost of travel before they choose their timeshare, but it makes sense to do so. It might be a lovely idea to choose a far flung destination, providing you many opportunities to explore somewhere completely new, but the cost of plane travel will soon mount up.

Choosing somewhere closer to home will therefore represent a cheaper travel option and with so many destinations and resorts to choose from, you won’t feel like you are making a compromise, so it is worth exploring this option.

2. Plan in advance. If you’re going abroad you can buy your foreign currency when you arrive at your destination, but it often works out cheaper if you can arrange it before you travel.

Make sure that you shop around to get the best deal; this is where the internet comes in very handy to compare the various providers of this service. Something to be aware of is the commission that might be charged, particularly if you are exchanging a large sum of money.

The internet is also great for comparing the price of travel insurance, which you should never be tempted to go without; if you holiday more than once a year multi-trip insurance can work out cheaper.

If you aren't taking your own or hiring a car on your vacation, you might be able to book a travel card in advance for unlimited use of buses, trains, the underground or trams in your destination. This can provide you with significant savings and also means that you don’t need to worry about having the right change each time you want to use public transport.

3. Eat in more often. One of the most enjoyable aspects of any vacation is trying the local cuisine and that invariably involves eating out in restaurants. We’re not saying to avoid eating out altogether, but to utilize your timeshare kitchen at least as many times as you dine in a restaurant; that way you can strike a good balance.

Visiting local markets and food stores can be a fun experience, particularly for younger members of the family. Encourage them to select different fruit and vegetables to those they would usually eat at home and try some of the more unusual meat and fish that might be offered.

The local vendors can be a great source of knowledge about how traditional foods can be prepared and cooked, so strike up a conversation with them for some ideas.

4. Make use of free attractions. Outdoor activities such as a day at the beach or park, a walk along a forest trail or a bike ride can be enjoyed by the whole family, but at minimal cost; they will help you to keep fit while you’re away too.

And choose a timeshare resort that includes its own free activities on site. Many are available when you stay in a budget-friendly timeshare rental.

Our guest author, Laura Burton, is a freelance travel writer originally from Phoenix, AZ, but currently writing from Sardinia where she has family.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Considering Renting Out Your Timeshare? Here’s How

When you know you won’t be able to use your timeshare, a great alternative is to rent it out. This is a win-win situation for both you, and for your potential renter. It generates income for you to help off-set not being able to use your timeshare, and the renter gets a chance to experience a timeshare vacation without needing to own a timeshare.

Timeshares are a wonderful type of vacation accommodation for families, especially large ones where a cramped hotel room just won’t do. But, in the current economic atmosphere many of these families cannot afford to purchase a timeshare for themselves - while they would be able to rent yours for a week.

So, give them that opportunity by listing your timeshare for rent on RedWeek.com!

“Sounds great, but how do I do that?” you say? Take a look:



 How Do I Rent My Timeshare? This video offers step-by-step instruction on listing your timeshare for rent. It’s friendly, it’s easy, and it’s available right now.

Happy Renting!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday – China

One of the many sculptures at the Ming Dynasty Tombs outside Beijing, submitted by S. Vaine, California.

The “Thirteen Imperial Tombs of the Ming Dynasty” were begun by Emperor Yongle in 1420. They were closed to “commoners” for the next 200 years. Today they are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Check out the many China timeshare exchanges available.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Take a Timeshare Vacation - It’s Already Halloween at Disneyland!

Christmas lights, icicles, a sleigh over-flowing with presents…What? Well, you might say it’s already Christmas at Disneyland, too! When you combine the two holidays as only Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion can – you get a one-of -a kind Halloween timeshare vacation.

Here are some fun facts about Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion Halloween Holiday:


  • More than 400 flickering candles create the Mansion’s eerie nighttime glow.
  • More than 100 jack-o-lanterns illuminate the exterior. 7,500 feet of fresh snow is used each year.
  • At night, several guests have been able to spot Zero protecting the Manson. 
  • All the iconic black ravens that appear throughout the original Haunted Mansion experience have been replaced by Vampire Teddies except for one – can you discover which?
  • In the attic of Haunted Mansion Holiday, a snake devours a holiday list featuring the names of many of the cast members who helped create the attraction. 
  • This year’s gingerbread confection ,“Jack’s House” - the holiday centerpiece on the table in the Ballroom - stands 9 feet tall, making it the tallest gingerbread house ever presented in the attraction. 


 Take a look at how Disney Imagineers create the remarkable Haunted Mansion transformation for this:Holiday Event: 

The entire Disneyland Park is in on the Halloween celebration. Here are some more fun facts –

The props and sets used in window displays along Main Street, U.S.A., are reproductions of original turn-of-the-century Halloween d├ęcor.

And did you know that there are more than 300 sculpted pumpkins on Main Street, U.S.A.? Look closely - no two are alike.

Staying in an Anaheim timeshare rental makes your family’s Disneyland Halloween adventure a budget-friendly vacation. For example, this October you can rent a timeshare at the Peacock Suites Resort, just a mile from Disneyland, for only $86/night.

Source: Disney Parks Blog
Photo Credit: themagicofthemouse.blogspot.com

Friday, October 19, 2012

How is the Timeshare Industry Going Green? Part 2

The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) recognizes the important contributions its members make to create a greener, more environmentally friendly world, and announced the names of six of its members who develop and carry out major green initiatives. Part 2:

4. Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO) supports the Arbor Day Foundation by implementing a variety of initiatives at its resorts, including serving Arbor Day Coffee, which is organically grown under the canopy of the rainforest. Each cup preserves one of our most precious resources and ensures indigenous farmers earn a fair wage and have access to healthcare and education.

To date, Wyndham Vacation Ownership has purchased 280,000 pounds of Arbor Day Coffee for use at its resorts, saving more than 28 million square feet of rainforest.

In addition WVO has launched the Wyndham Million Trees Project, an initiative to plant one million trees throughout U.S. national forests in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, to help replace the devastation created by this summer’s forest fires across the nation.

WVO also switched all personal amenity products to the Eartherapy brand, an environmentally responsible company that uses biodegradable and fully recyclable packaging. The packaging contains an organic-based additive, allowing the containers to fully biodegrade into water and dust when in contact with soil for three to five years, taking less than four percent of the time to degrade than traditional plastic packaging.

Currently you can stay in a Wyndham Pagosa Springs Resort timeshare rental in the beautiful San Juan Mountains of southern Colorado for just $86/night.

5. Orange Lake Resort in Orlando, FL, the Holiday Inn Club Vacations flagship, recently implemented a resort-wide recycling program—a huge undertaking for the 2,478-unit, 1,450-acre property. The program was piloted in one area of the resort in 2011 and introduced resort-wide in June 2012. It’s a simple, easy-to-follow program: green bags in villas designate where guests can place paper, plastic, metal, and glass to be recycled.

According to Orange Lake’s partners at Waste Management, the recycling program has already saved 208 cubic yards of landfill space per quarter.

Other milestones the resort has reached include saving 258,576 kW-hours of electricity, 357,000 gallons of water, and 1,224 gallons of gasoline per quarter. To further communicate the property’s recycling program, the resort created a recycling video for their guests that demonstrates the positive impacts of recycling. 

Currently stay at an Orange Lake Resort timeshare rental for just $71/night.

6. Interval International’s Singapore staff recently participated in the 21st International Coastal Cleanup Day on Tanah Merah Beach on Singapore’s East Coast. Despite sweltering heat, the volunteer team gathered 614 pounds of discarded items, clearing a mile stretch of the coastline.

The International Coastal Cleanup is an annual event conducted in more than 70 countries, coordinated by The Ocean Conservancy, a U.S.-based non-profit organization. The program aims to collect data on and remove debris from the shorelines, waterways, and beaches of the world’s lakes, rivers, and oceans.

How is the Timeshare Industry Going Green? Part 1

Thursday, October 18, 2012

3 Tips for Introducing New Foods to Children on a Timeshare Vacation

Going on a timeshare vacation is a relaxing and enjoyable treat for all members of the family. Trips involve visiting historical attractions and art museums, shopping at the local stores, and enjoying new foods. 

Encouraging children to eat certain foods, especially when they are already picky eaters to begin with, can be challenging. Try some of these tricks to help your little ones truly experience all that a trip has to offer.

1. Make It Interesting.  If you head to your same old fast food or chain restaurant on a trip, children will probably be quite tempted to just order some of their old favorites from back home. Instead, go to a restaurant for which the area is famous.

When in the southwest, choose a smoky barbecue joint or an establishment with plenty of Cajun entrees. If you're on holiday in Italy or Germany, be sure to go to restaurants serving authentic cuisine. Before heading to the restaurant, tell children what they can expect there so that they are already familiar with the menu and not as scared of the foods upon arrival.

When wandering around resort or city where you are holidaying in the day – you can always scope a few of the best restaurants for your evening meal – making a mental note of the menu offerings.

2. Limit Snacking.  Yes, it is certainly difficult to limit snacking when ice cream cones, popcorn, pretzels and other delicious treats seem to be at every turn on your trip. However, try not to allow your children to overdo it. When they fill up on lots of sweet treats and junk, they will not be as hungry for dinner. 

Additionally, if they are full and not feeling well, trying a new type of food that might have a different smell or be in a different shape than what they are used to can be a big turn off. When kids do ask for a snack during the day, offer them some healthy options that represent the food of the area that you are visiting. This is especially easy to do when you utilize the kitchen in your timeshare.

3. Let Children Have Input.  Introducing new foods to children should not become a free for all where the children dictate what is going to be eaten and when. However, allowing them to have some input helps the process. Let older children read the menus from a few different restaurants, or read the menus to children who cannot yet read.

Look for menus that have foods that are a little bit different but not completely out of left field. For example, some ideas include small sized steaks, pasta with a sauce or simple fish steaks. Chicken cooked in a variety of styles are often popular with children and examples of this sort of dish can be found throughout world cuisine. Children are familiar with these choices, but they still have different elements to them.

Following some simple steps helps you, the parent, to encourage children to eat new foods without entirely stressing yourself or your young family members out.

This is a guest post from +Sarah Clarke who writes for the Al Fresco Holidays blog.

Photo Credit: ehow.com

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

How is the Timeshare Industry Going Green? Part 1

The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) recently announced the names of six of its timeshare industry members who are making a concerted effort to create a greener, more environmentally-friendly world.

“It’s one thing to recycle at your resort or participate in a clean-up once in a while,” says Howard Nusbaum, president and CEO of ARDA. “But it’s quite another to develop and carry out the major initiatives that our members have done. It’s a real model for other industries.”

In a 2-Part series we’ll look at the six, and what specific green initiatives each company has developed. Part 1:

1. Marriott Vacation Club recently announced a partnership with “Clean the World,” a group that recycles partially used bars of soap and bottled amenities from resorts in the United States and distributes the new soap and hygiene kits to communities that lack access to these essential items. Each day 9,000 children around the world die from diseases such as acute respiratory illness and diarrheal diseases, which can be prevented by washing with soap.

Clean the World also conducts soap drives for the collection of new soap that can be immediately used and distributed in hygiene kits to those in need. In just eight weeks, 500 Marriott Vacation Club Owner Services associates based in Salt Lake City turned in a cumulative donation of 16,918 bars of new soap.

Photo is of the Marriott Grande Ocean resort in Hilton Head, South Carolina, where currently you can get a timeshare rental for just $71/night.

2. Bluegreen Wilderness Club at Big Cedar (see photo) is also a participating property in the Clean the World effort. In addition,  Bluegreen Vacations has been recognized for using supplies made only of recycled materials and equipping their guest rooms with a master switch to cut a unit’s power when not in use.

At their Hammocks at Marathon resort, they use non-toxic, environmentally friendly cleaners, have a linen reuse program, and discuss environmental policy at monthly employee meetings.

Currently you can stay in a Wilderness Club at Big Cedar timeshare rental for just $9/night

3.Grand Pacific Resort Management, the California management company of 15 resorts for over 50,000 owner families in the U.S. and Canada, formed a “Going Green Squad”—a group dedicated to a culture fully committed to being environmentally friendly. Several of their resorts are engaged in unique efforts.

For example, The Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort collected a thousand plastic bottles destined for landfills and contributed them to artists who crafted a 10’ x 10’ picture of Marilyn Monroe.

After Grand Pacific Resort Management's Mountain Retreat resort experienced a fire that damaged its clubhouse, the resort “made lemonade from lemons” and implemented a number of environmentally friendly changes, such as double pane windows and motion sensors to control the resources needed to heat and light the space.

Currently Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort timeshare rentals (see photo) start at just $143/night.

Image Credit (top): lincolnwoodil.org

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday – Paris, France

Inside the upper “King’s Chapel” at Sainte-Chapelle on the Ile de La Cite in Paris. Submitted by Joe Gosha, North Carolina.

Built by King Louis IX and consecrated in 1248, the Sainte-Chapelle is considered one of the highest achievements of Gothic architecture. It has been a National Historic Monument since 1862, and has one of the most extensive collections of 13th century stained glass anywhere in the world.

Enjoy a timeshare vacation by staying in a budget-friendly Paris timeshare rental.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Flying to Your Timeshare Vacation? Don’t Do These 5 Things When Booking Your Airline Tickets

When you plan your timeshare vacation you are undoubtedly looking for the best bargains you can find – after all, you already know about the great deals you can get with a timeshare rental.

Transportation is a big hunk of your vacation budget. USA Today travel correspondent Josh Roberts gives us these 5 tips on how to avoid costly errors in booking your airline travel. After all, with ticket costs already high, you don’t want to pay more than you need to.

1. Don’t Shop at Night. Airlines generally release a limited number of inexpensive coach-class seats in the morning or early afternoon. If you're booking late at night, you stand a greater chance of finding only the leftover, more expensive seats. Search early in the day for the best prices.

2. Don’t Fly on a Weekend. The least expensive days to fly are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday. That means that if either your departure or return flight falls on one of the other four days in the week, you're paying more than you need to. See if you can arrange your vacation time from Tuesday to Tuesday rather than Sunday to Sunday, for example, for significant savings.

3. Don’t Depart in the Afternoon. You’ll pay more if you select an afternoon departure since this is prime flying time and consequently is when the airlines increase their fares. On top of that, the afternoon is the travel industry's version of rush hour. With the skies most congested this is the time when you’ll also experience the most delays.

4. Don’t Ignore Bag Fees. Not all base prices are created equal. For example, a $200 round-trip flight on American will cost you $250 if you check a bag. That same $200 flight on Southwest or JetBlue will cost you $200. Always remember to calculate the cost of bag fees when comparing prices.

5. Don’t Delay. If you keep putting off booking your flight until the last minute you’ll pay dearly for your procrastination. Finding a good deal at the last minute is the exception rather than the rule. In most cases the longer you wait, the more you pay. The sweet spot for finding a good fare is about six weeks ahead of departure.

Photo Credit: boeing.com

Source: USA Today/Josh Roberts

Friday, October 12, 2012

Oktoberfest - 2 Top Beer Gardens in the U.S. for a Timeshare Vacation

Oktoberfest seems to be one of those things that is in our psyche and maybe even our lore - a celebration of fall that puts many in a fall mood – but one that not that many people have actually been able to experience.

Most of the world’s best beer gardens are in Europe, most specifically in Germany, Austria, and some of the Slavic countries. Beginning in the late 19th Century the large numbers of German and Eastern European immigrants coming into the United States almost guaranteed a respectable number of beer gardens in America.

The cities and towns where these groups created communities supported numerous beer gardens, especially during the first decade of the 1900s. Unfortunately they began to lose favor with the public, first because of Prohibition, and then with the anti-German sentiment of WWII, causing most beer gardens in America to disappear.

Thankfully for our Oktoberfest fixation beer gardens are making a comeback. So much so that Travel and Leisure magazine is calling them “The new coffee shop – a place for craft brews and casual vibe.” Two of the top beer gardens now in the U.S. are on each coast, and cover the very old and the very new. And each is in a destination where a timeshare rental can be had for a wonderfully budget-friendly price.

1. Bohemian Hall, New York City. Located in Queens, Bohemian Hall was built at the beginning of the last century and is the last of  New York's original beer gardens. Ostensibly a cultural center dedicated to preserving the Czech and Slavic communities, it is also as authentic a beer garden as you can get in the U.S.

When the weather is warm you can enjoy sitting outside in a wide-open space surrounded by a high wall, seating several hundred people comfortably at picnic tables shaded by big old trees. If October’s changeable weather brings a chill, the indoor dining hall opens. 

Order up tasty dishes that are from Old Country recipes, including grilled sausages and red cabbage salad, and wash it all down with Czech and German beer. Throughout the year there is live Czech and Slavak festival music both inside the dining hall and outdoors on a stage.

During the fall you can get a New York City timeshare rental starting as low as $169/night.

2. Stone Brewing Company, San Diego. Founded in 1996 as a 55,000 sq. foot brewery, the Stone Brewing Co’s owners took the next obvious step in 2006 and built the beer garden, a term they took literally. Planting pine, elm and olive trees, along with a koi pond, and installing tables with umbrellas resulted in a beautiful one-acre garden where you can sample 36 different craft beers.

Oktoberfest is a major celebration here, and if Southern California’s mild weather cools a bit the festivities continue thanks to outdoor heat lamps and a retractable roof. The garden Bistro features an eclectic menu of world-inspired cuisine and a "unique take on comfort food" all prepared from in-season, local organic produce.

Find a great budget-friendly San Diego timeshare rental, starting at just $70/night.

Photo Credit (1): mas.org
Photo Credit(2): sandiegomagazine.com

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Cape Cod Fall - Your Most Memorable Off-Season Timeshare Vacation

As far as vacations go, a Cape Cod Autumn is among the quietest and classiest places to get away in America, with more available timeshare rentals and at budget-friendly prices.

Yes Cape Cod’s “off season” is a best-kept secret - a true insider's getaway offering up exactly what you want in beaches, stay and activity, but not widely known.

Cape Cod Beaches. Cape Cod Beaches bring an estimated 13 million out-of-state visitors to Massachusetts each summer. But within a few months the sand becomes lonely and “all” that’s left are secluded world class beaches and a legendary fall season to spend with the locals.

Nothing can clear your mind like a walk on coastal cape cod beaches. In the months following the tourists these beaches go back to the way they were five-hundred years ago: quiet, beautiful and scenic.

The World Famous New England Fall Season. Fall brings celebration to Massachusetts and especially Cape Cod. Annual Cranberry harvest festivals, Mashpee’s Oktoberfest, Seafood festivals, art festivals and more! Even though the beach season has ended, the locals have just begun to celebrate the legendary New England fall.

The islands are known for high class vacations in all seasons and remember, getting to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket island is easy to do with the year round ferry out of Falmouth and Hyannis. They host secluded, world famous beaches, unmatched scenery in the fall and are even called home by some of Hollywood’s most successful.

As always the architecture is something to be relished. Old Victorian and that famous Cape Cod style homes are everywhere in their most genuine form. The feeling left is one you can only experience for yourself as traditional American towns and homes give a distinct Cape Cod ambiance.

Off-Season Pros, Very Few Cons. The beaches are even more secluded than ever and the air is offering a crisp, cool ocean feeling. The foliage is changing and scenery is about to explode like few other places on earth. It’s almost a shame that the majority of tourists come mostly in the summer months and miss the opportunity of a Cape Cod fall.

Driving the length of the arm of the Cape towards Provincetown and back will be less than a tank of gas but the lighthouses, beaches and genuine lifestyle is worth the visit. Be sure to catch up on your share of fresh New England seafood, dress for the cool/warm and take lots of pictures on your first of many Cape Cod Fall vacations.

Cape Cod timeshare rentals are budget-friendly, especially in the off-season, starting as low as $69/night.

Our guest author, Ben Racicot, is a Massachusetts native and Cape Cod enthusiast as well as an entrepreneur and Web Developer who blogs his experience with the internet, business and inspiration. You can follow him on Twitter @BenRacicot and on his blog BenRacicot.com

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

EPCOT Celebrates 30th Anniversary – Take a Timeshare Vacation!

During the month of October Walt Disney World's EPCOT is celebrating its 30th Anniversary. Take a timeshare vacation to Orlando and join in the fun!

EPCOT’s official birthday is October 1, the day the gates opened in 1982 to a unique theme park that only Walt Disney could dream up. EPCOT, which stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, was intended by Walt Disney to be just that. He envisioned the ideal city of tomorrow to be built in Central Florida.

This model community would house 20,000 residents, and showcase visionary urban planning ideas. Unfortunately, Disney died before full permission for his grand plan could be obtained from local and state governmental agencies.

When the Disney Imagineers began to design a theme park around Walt’s original concepts, they felt that the park should not only celebrate futuristic advancements, but spotlight world cultures as well.

Over the years EPCOT has evolved into more than just a unique theme park. Represented by what has now become the iconic geodesic sphere Spaceship Earth, EPCOT not only has two distinct areas, and now also offers exciting shopping, world-class dining, and major festivals.

1. Future World. Here technology is celebrated as a variety of pavilions exhibit innovation, application, and futuristic concepts. Even Spaceship Earth is an attraction (see top photo), a 13-minute ride through the 18-story sphere on an exciting “time machine.”

2. World Showcase. International culture is the focal point here, with pavilions representing eleven countries. Each pavilion has exhibits and restaurants representative of the country’s culture, and all are staffed by nationals through the Cultural Representative Program.

3. Festivals. Annual major festivals include the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival held each spring (the 2013 festival is scheduled for March 6 – May 19); the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival (see photo right) held every fall (currently underway until November 12,2012), and the Candlelight Processional, a celebrity-hosted holiday event.

Choose a timeshare rental in Orlando, or even a Disney timeshare rental, and enjoy a budget-friendly family vacation to EPCOT.

If you weren't able to make it for the October 1 festivities, you can see the celebration with speakers and musical entertainment below:

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Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday – Southern California

The San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm, California, located on the eastern slope of the San Gorgonio Pass in Riverside County. Submitted by Brad P., Chicago, IL

The gateway into the Coachella Valley, the San Gorgonio Pass is one of the windiest places in Southern California.

Riverside County’s Temecula is Wine Country. A great place for a timeshare vacation during Autumn, it’s just an hour from San Diego. Check out a Southern California timeshare rental , and enjoy harvest celebrations and wine tasting.

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Monday, October 08, 2012

Timeshare Travel – Lots to Do in Atlantic City this Autumn, Rain or Shine


October is such a changeable month, and fall weather just can’t seem to make up its mind. Wet, dry? Warm, cold? So, you plan a timeshare vacation to a popular beach destination in October to avoid the summer crowds, but what happens if it just isn't beach weather?

Well, Atlantic City has you covered. If you do get a pretty beach day, enjoy this resort city's famous boardwalk that takes you across soft sand and along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.

And with all of the fun indoor activities Atlantic City offers, you might just find yourself hoping for the wet and the cold. Most people don’t really need a weather excuse to visit the many casinos that Atlantic City is famous for. From the Trump Taj Mahal to the Tropicana to the Showboat there’s plenty of fun and all sorts of gaming.

And don’t pass up some surprisingly different activities that Atlantic City also offers.

1. The Down Beach Film Festival is held in Atlantic City every October.  Celebrating the art of film making the festival showcases feature films as well as shorts and documentaries, and every year honors a specific filmmaker. This year legendary filmmaker Robert Downey, Sr., will screen his classic film “Putney Swope,” at the Showboat on opening night, Friday, October 12, 2012.

2. Evenings of Art is held every Wednesday.  This is a chance to enjoy original artwork and meet the artists themselves. A bonus is the complimentary refreshments offered amid wonderful ambience at the century old Carisbrooke Inn Bed and Breakfast.

3. The Boardwalk Hall Organ Tours offers a unique experience. If you are prepared for a 2-hour tour that involves extensive walking, stair climbing and maneuvering in tight spaces (unfortunately this tour is not handicap accessible), you'll find yourself getting up close and personal with two magnificent pipe organs.

Housed in Boardwalk Hall, the Main Auditorium organ is the world's largest pipe organ.  It takes fully eight chambers to accommodate all of the pipes for this giant organ.  The second organ on the tour, the Ballroom organ, was considered a revolutionary design at the time it was built by Kimball. Included among its 4.000 pipes is the first brass stop as well as then un-heard of winds and percussion.

World famous Atlantic City is a perfect getaway for retirees. Whether you plan to gamble at luxury casinos, relax on sandy beaches, play near-by golf courses, or explore the many other fun activities, enjoy it all from the comfort of your own rented timeshare. 

For budget-friendly accommodations in what can otherwise be an expensive city, an Atlantic City timeshare rental will not only save you the cost of hotels, but spacious rooms, a fully-equipped kitchen, and resort amenities are all included in the price.

For example, currently you can stay at the Atlantic Palace for just $41/night. For that price who cares what the autumn weather is doing?

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Friday, October 05, 2012

Time for a Girlfriend Getaway - With a Budget-Friendly Timeshare Rental

Now that the kids are back in school, a girlfriend getaway for you moms might be just what you’re needing after a long summer of mom-duty. And this is more possible than you might think – with a timeshare rental.

It’s hard to get yourself on the priority list, but you have read the articles, and have seen the experts on the talk shows, all saying that the best way for you to take care of your family is to take care of yourself first.

A girlfriend getaway with a timeshare rental can be easy on your family budget. You may have already learned about this as the perfect way to have a family vacation. All of those reasons also apply to a girlfriend getaway. The cost is much less than a hotel room, the accommodations are spacious and relaxing, and on-sight amenities provide easy access to enjoyable activities.

And a timeshare rental for a girlfriend getaway might just go one better – splitting the rental expense among friends can make the per person/per day cost downright cheap.

Say it’s you, and 3 friends who also need a break, and let’s explore a few ideas:

1. The Beach. In Florida a stay in a timeshare rental at Daytona Beach is just $100/night - $25/night for each of you. But wait – this is a huge 3-bedroom condo, so get a couple of more friends, and your per person cost is just $16.70/night!

2. Las Vegas. Want to really let your hair down and just have some fun? Las Vegas is a girlfriend getaway dream. And so are the prices for Las Vegas timeshare rentals. How about right on the Strip for just $107/night for 2 bedrooms and 2 baths? That’s just $26.75/night each to be right in the middle of the action!

3. New York City. How much fun can a group of gals have than being in the center of the shopping and cultural capital of the U.S.? Hotel rooms can be prohibitively expensive in mid-town Manhattan, often over $500/night for one cramped room. However, there are several New York City timeshare rentals available right in Manhattan, that can start in the off-season as low as an amazing $114/night. That’s just $28.50/night each to be in the heart of the city!

4. A Nearcation. With over 6,000 timeshare resorts worldwide, there’s bound to be one within a two- or three-hour drive of where you all live, keeping transportation costs down and still providing a great timeshare rental getaway, and a relaxing time with good friends.

A girlfriend getaway offers you a much needed break and returns you to your family relaxed and ready to take on the world again, and can be oh, so easy on the family budget with a timeshare rental.

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Thursday, October 04, 2012

Timeshare Travel: 5 Tips on How To Leave Your Stress At Home

One of the main reasons to go on a long trip is to give yourself a chance to relax. The world is a stressful place, and there's no denying that dealing with that long term stress can have a serious impact on your physical and mental health.

Vacations are supposed to provide you with an opportunity to relieve that stress and give you a real break from the day to day world.

Unfortunately, that is easier said than done. Most people find that they're taking their stresses with them on these extended trips, and when they do that stress tends to leak into their vacations.

For those of you who have a stressful life and are trying to leave it behind on your trip, try the following strategies to leave your stress at home.

1. Create a Trip Goal – Giving yourself something you feel you need to do while on your vacation is important. It helps take your mind off of what's going on at home because it gives you something you need to focus on in the present in order to "successfully" complete your trip. Goals are often rare on vacations and don't necessarily sound like a way to relax, but they can be a big help.

2. Turn Off Your Life – Chances are you have a cell phone and a laptop or tablet PC, and you check in often on your life. It's hard to tell you that turning them off will be a big help, but in many cases the anxiety comes from the never ending updates on your stresses. If you're able to leave your technology at home, you'll find a great deal of relief.

3. Get Started With the Fun Right Away – The longer time you have to think about your stresses the more they'll affect you. So when you get to a new location, make sure you start creating excitement for yourself right away. That will be a tremendous help in relieving some of the thoughts you have that tend to overwhelm your mind.

4. Integrate Exercise – Exercise is an often forgotten but extremely powerful stress reduction technique, and one that you should strongly consider integrating into your trip. Whether it's hiking, jogging around the city, or taking advantage of the fitness center and spa at your timeshare resort, it'll be both fun and a great way to reduce your stress.

5. Journal Your Thoughts – One of the main reasons that home stresses seem to over-occupy your mind is because when you're travelling, you'll often have thoughts that are related to things that you need to address at home. Because you're abroad, you know you can't share those thoughts or perform those actions now. So your mind has a tendency to dwell on them. Writing them down will tell your mind they’re in a safe place so it can stop obsessing over it.

There's no perfect way to reduce your home stress, because stress is stress for a reason. But the above tips will minimize the effects it has on your vacation, and ultimately maximize your vacation enjoyment.

A budget-friendly timeshare rental, or timeshare exchange, vacation at a luxury resort somewhere you've always dreamed of visiting is a sure-fire de-stressor, and easy to do.

Our guest author, Ryan Rivera, is a stress specialist that focuses on anxiety treatment strategies. He writes about anxiety at Calm Clinic.

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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

4 Top Timeshare Destinations for Autumn Backpacking Hikes

Backpacking is a great way to get out into the midst of nature’s autumn splendor. Make a timeshare rental your home base, and enjoy day backpacking trips through beautiful wilderness areas such as National Parks, seashores, and even hidden gems.

1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Located on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina, the park lies right in the heart of Appalachia, and offers over 800 miles of hiking trails, 70 miles of which are actually on the Appalachian Trail. The spectacular colors of fall foliage here are some of the best in the country.

Timeshare rentals are available in Gatlinburg, the “gateway” to America’s most visited National Park. Gatlinburg timeshare rentals start at just $53/night.

2. Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains. Many consider Idaho a “hidden gem” for backpackers. Sixty-four percent of Idaho is public land, including 33 million acres of national forests, and lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The 73,000-acre Sawtooth National Recreation area, adjacent to Ketchum and Sun Valley, is covered in the shimmering golds of aspen in autumn.

Check out timeshare exchanges in Idaho.

3. Missouri Ozarks. The Ozarks offer another great hiking area, especially when in their colorful glory during the autumn. Hundreds of miles of hiking trails are around the Branson area. Table Rock Lake near Branson has over 800 miles of shoreline and sparkles like a jewel in the autumn sun.

Many wonderful Branson timeshare rentals are available, starting at just $57/night.

4. Cape Cod. The Cape Cod National Seashore is perfect for day backpackers, especially in autumn when the days are still warm and the crowds are gone. There are eleven self-guided hiking tours open year round where, in order to help preserve the natural wonders of the area, bicycles are not allowed. Ranging from easy to advanced, these trails can take you on wonderful adventures across 43,000 acres of dunes, ponds, woods, swamps, marshes, and almost 40 miles of Atlantic shoreline.

Cape Cod timeshare rentals start as low as $86/night.

When you combine budget timeshare rentals with your backpacking passion, you get the best of two worlds. A bonus is being able to use your timeshare kitchen to prepare the lunch and snacks that you’ll carry in your backpack.

And by the way, if you have family members who are not into backpacking with you, a timeshare rental will give them plenty to do –many of the resort’s amenities, often including swimming pools, children’s playgrounds, tennis, and arcade game rooms, are often included in the timeshare rental price.

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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday – Canada

Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, submitted by George G, from Reno, NV.

The view is from Denman Beach across the Strait of Georgia toward the mainland.

Timeshare rentals at the WorldMark Victoria Resort in Victoria, Vancouver Island, start at just $185/night.

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Monday, October 01, 2012

Autumn Timeshare Travel - Trapp Family Lodge, Vermont

It’s Autumn – and time to take a timeshare vacation to enjoy nature’s brilliant artist’s palate of color. What better place for everything that autumn has to offer than New England? And where in New England? Vermont! And where in Vermont? Stowe has it all.

Stowe is home, in particular, to the Trapp Family Lodge. The “Sound of Music” award-winning Broadway play and movie made them famous. Now the 3rd generation of the singing Von Trapp Family is carrying on the tradition of European-style hospitality. Their unique luxury mountain resort is of Austrian-inspired architecture, and offers activities for ever y season.

Autumn is a favorite time at the Trapp Family Lodge. Rent a timeshare and explore the resort’s 2700 acres of mountain views and wooded paths.

And be sure to say Happy Birthday to Maria Franziska Von Trapp – this second-oldest daughter of “The Captain,” and step-daughter of Maria, just celebrated her 96th birthday on September 28. Maria, portrayed as “Louisa” in the play and film, was a member of the original Von Trapp Family Singers, and is the last surviving member of that original group.

The Trapp Family Lodge is run today by Johannes Von Trapp and his son, Sam. Johannes is the Captain’s and Maria’s youngest child and was born in Philadelphia.

Johannes has established the Trapp Family Lodge as one of the country’s premier cross-country ski resorts, with 28 miles of groomed trails 62 miles of un-groomed trails throughout the resort property.

In 2010, the Lodge began to brew beer, producing approximately 60,000 US gallons (230,000 l; 50,000 imp gal) annually. The brewery produces traditional German and Austrian style lagers. The beers are sold on-site, as well as at restaurants and bars throughout Vermont.

As Johann is proud to say,” This really is a place where the grass is greener, the snow is more pristine and the autumn is more brilliant. Where the sights of nature and the sound of music create a vivid symphony for the senses.”

In the quaint 200-year old town of Stowe (see photo right) amidst spectacular autumn foliage you can visit antique shops, do a wine tasting, stroll through art galleries, and attend apple and pumpkin festivals.

You’ll enjoy your timeshare vacation at the Trapp Family Lodge by hiking through the woods, taking an old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage ride, or playing tennis in the warm autumn sunshine.

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