Friday, December 27, 2013

Top 5 Things to Do in Seaside, OR

Who doesn't love the beach? Just 90 minutes from Portland, OR is a quaint beach town that has welcomed visitors for more than 100 years. Seaside, OR features sweeping ocean views, a bustling city center, and an oceanfront promenade perfect for leisurely walks and bike rides. Stay in a Seaside timeshare and explore the top 5 things to do in Seaside, OR:

1. Walk the Prom: The Seaside Promenade is the perfect place to start your beach vacation. The 1.5-mile paved trail follows the oceanfront. Joggers, walkers, bike riders, and dog walkers all love the Seaside Promenade. The area is rich with history, nearby you can trace the steps of famed explorers Lewis and Clark. Be sure to sit on a bench and enjoy a sunrise or sunset above the Pacific Ocean. Insider tip: The Seaside Promenade is easily accessible for strollers and wheelchairs. Web: Seaside Promenade. Location: S. Promenade Seaside, OR. Note: Park at the end of Ave U on the South of Seaside or at the West end of 12th Ave on the North end of Seaside.

2. View a Lighthouse: Just nine short miles along the coastline is the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. Built in 1881 it was constructed a top a rock 1.2 miles seaward off Tillamook Head. The best view is from Ecola State Park (halfway between Seaside and Cannon Beach). The lighthouse stands 133 feet above sea level and features a 62-foot-high tower. Insider tip: Its nickname is "Terrible Tilly" due to the storm waves that crash upon its rock base. Web: Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. Location: Off Hwy. 101, just north of Cannon Beach, OR.

3. Catch a Wave: Surfing is very popular in Seaside, OR. And Oregon Surf Adventures will teach you how to surf. They offer surfing programs to those new to sport. Choose from group lessons, private lessons, custom lessons, and surf camps. Really, they can customize your experience to suit your needs. Once you learn the ropes you can head out on the water to "Hang Ten" on your own. Web: Oregon Surf Adventures. Location: 1116 S. Roosevelt, Seaside, OR.

4. Hit the Trail: The lush Northwest rainforest beacons hikers mere minutes from Seaside, OR. There are several world class hikes that start from the Tillamook Head National Recreation Trail. The trails follow the western edge through thick forests toward Ecola State Park. Other hikes in the area include the Fort to Sea Trail (at Fort Clatsop), Saddle Mountain, and Oswald West State Park. Web: Tillamook Head National Recreation Trail. Location: Ecola State Park: Located off Highway 101, just north of Cannon Beach, OR.

5. Fly a Kite: There are several kite shops in Seaside, OR. Buy a kite and head to the beach for a day of kite flying fun. Thanks to dependable coastal breezes and miles of open beach, Seaside is built for kite flying. A truly fun and memorable way to spend time with your family on the beach. Web: Seaside Kite Flying. Location: Seaside beach and waterfront.

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Photo Credit: Lewis and Clark Trail

Friday, December 20, 2013

Top 5 Things to Do in Palm Springs, CA

Palm Springs sits at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains and the city is lined with vacation- inviting palm trees that lightly sway in the desert breeze. Architecture lovers will have visions of Mad Men and history buffs will have visions of better days past. Stay in a Palm Springs timeshare and explore the top 5 things to do in Palm Springs, CA:

1. Go Mad Men Style: This modernist mecca tour showcases Mid-Century Modern architecture, a feast for design eyes. Your knowledgeable guide will take you on a journey through the 1920s to the 1970s. Discover the history of Palm Springs, learn about the architects, builders, and designers who developed in the area, and get lost in another time in history. Web: Palm Springs Modern Tours. Location: Palm Springs, CA; Call for reservations: 760-318-6118.

2. Take the Tram: Hop aboard the world's largest rotating tram! Your 10-minute trip takes you above the Chino Canyon and starts at Valley Station (elevation 2,643 ft.) and ends at Mountain Station (elevation 8,516 ft). Climate changes quickly here. At the top passengers enjoy hikes, or guided nature walks, and in the winter visitors enjoy cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. There's even a restaurant for those who would rather stay back and enjoy the breathtaking view from a table. Web: Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Location: 1 Tram Way, Palm Springs, CA.

3. Explore a Living Desert: Palm Spring's Living Desert features an enchanting zoo and botanical garden situated on 1,200 protected acres. Visitors will enjoy strolling through the gardens and learning about unique desert inhabitants. There's even a model train exhibit for the conductor in your life. Web: Living Desert. Location: 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA.

4. Discover Windmills: From the second you arrive in Palm Springs you will see 3,500-plus towering windmills along Interstate 10. These windmills generate one and half percent of California's electricity and they help power 200,000 homes. Take a camera and enjoy a guided (yet windy) tour of the Palm Spring windmills and learn how the city plans to generate even more energy in years to come. Web: Best of the Best Windmill Tour. Location: 15831 La Vida Dr, Palm Springs, CA.

5. Stand on a Fault: On the San Andreas Fault Tour you will learn about Palm Spring's geology and earthquakes as your guide travels with you to the center of the San Andres Fault in an exciting 4x4 adventure. Bring a camera as the landscape offers an interesting view of twisted and tormented land. Web: Desert Adventures San Andreas Fault Tour. Location: 74794 Lennon Pl, Palm Desert, CA.

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Photo Credit: CopyStrands

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Vacation Planning With Pinterest!

As timeshare owners and renters, we take our vacation planning pretty seriously. And hey, that's nothing to be ashamed of! If you're anything like me, you probably spend quite a bit of your pre-vacation planning scouring the internet, hunting down the must-see's and must-do's of your given destination. If this routine sounds all-too-familiar, let me introduce you to one my favorite websites to make planning a whole lot easier - Pinterest!


Just some of RedWeek's favorite boards!
Pinterest is a creative take on social networking that works differently from social mainstays like Facebook and Twitter. Pinterest operates off the core concept of collecting 'Pins' into a collage of sorts. A Pin can be almost anything - a photo, a recipe, a quote... the list goes on. Pins can be sorted into any number of user-specific boards, making organization and micro-management a snap. All Pins also link back to their original source and this makes it a beautiful way to compile information and images from a number of different sources.


Just a glance at one of the many travel boards make it clear how well suited Pinterest is for planning your perfect trip. On the hunt for a new vacation spot? Search "travel destinations" and check out the hundreds of ideas that are put forth for your perusal. Once you find something that sounds like a good fit, make a board! From here, you can go wild... use Pinterest to scope out the resorts in the region, as well as attractions and travel tips. You can even use the new Place Pins feature to map out your entire vacation.

Check out a Sedona-based board we whipped up!
Place Pins adds a new spin to your Pinterest board - with a simple click, your Pins are integrated in a map of the region you're working with. As you build your board with more and more Pins, your map gradually fills up and evolves in an interactive, ever-growing travel guide. It becomes all too easy to pour hours into Pinning together every little nook and cranny you want to experience (guilty!), or checking out the dream vacations of other users.


Our Sedona board shows off the Place Pins feature - your own
personal travel guide!

You've heard our take, so give it a try! Also, be sure to check out and follow RedWeek's page on Pinterest. We've got some great Place Pins to help you get started, as well as travel tip board to make life easier when out and about. And if you have some travel boards you've created, let us see them! Link your boards in the comments - we're always looking for some new avid Pinners to follow!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Top 5 Things to Do in Whistler, BC

Just two hours north of Vancouver is Canada's premier year-round adventure destination: Whistler. Whistler is known for world class snow sports on its two majestic mountains above a bustling village base. It's also the former home of the 2010 Winter Olympics. There is lots to do at Whistler and in most cases you don't need to know how to ski to enjoy all Whistler has to offer. Stay in a Whistler timeshare and explore the top 5 things to do in Whistler BC:

1. Take a Gondola: The best way to see Whistler, BC is to take a gondola between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. On the Peak 2 Peak Gondola you will be treated to 360-degree views of Whistler Village, the majestic mountains, and the powdery ski slopes below. And the best part is you don't have to know how to ski to enjoy the roundtrip gondola experience. Insider tip: If you go in the summer get a lift one way to the top and mountain bike down! Web: Peak 2 Peak Alpine Experience. Location: 4545 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B4, Canada.

2. Explore Bobsledding: At the Whistler Sliding Centre visitors can tour the official site of the bobsled, luge, and skeleton competitions. Discover exhibits, interactive displays, and even sit in sled! For those who want to try out bobsledding the centre offers a bobsledding package too! Web: Whistler Sliding Centre. Location: 4910 Glacier Ln, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada.

3. Get Pampered: Relax in a hot bath, a refreshing waterfall, or enjoy a massage at the Scandinave Spa. The spa is set around a forest backdrop on the edge of Lost Lake and Spruce Grove parks. In the winter months the snow covered trees offer a beautiful site as you rejuvenate in a Scandinavian bath. Web: Scandinave Spa. Location: 8010 Mons Rd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B8, Canada.

4. Go for a Sleigh Ride: Time to take this activity off your bucket list! A horse drawn sleigh ride is a classic Canadian winter outdoor adventure. Snuggle up with a provided blanket as your sleigh glides along the snow through snow covered forests beneath the stars. Truly a romantic trip and fun for the whole family. Web: Blackcomb Sleigh Rides. Location: 4338 Main St, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada.

5. Discover the Shops: Welcome to Whistler Village, a shopper's paradise. The pedestrian-friendly village features shops, boutiques, art galleries, theaters, and restaurants. A great place to find one- of-a-kind gifts while enjoying the festive village one last time. Web: Whistler Village Shopping. Location: 4545 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada.

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Photo Credit: Whistler.com

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Poipu or Princeville...Which side of Kauai is Your Favorite?

My absolute favorite island of Hawaii is the exquisitely beautiful Kauai. Known as the Garden Isle for good reason... 97% of the island is composed of undeveloped mountain ranges and rainforests. Its green valleys and lush gardens are bursting with vividly colored flowers, and thundering waterfalls cascade down its many mountains. Remember the movie Jurassic Park and all its gorgeous scenery? It was filmed here. You can even visit some of the movie sites (no dinosaurs though!).  Kauai's beaches are terrific, and you can still find a secluded area to sunbathe and swim. If Kauai isn't paradise, I don't know what is!

The two major resort locations are Poipu (referred to as the south shore or sunnyside), and Princeville (the north shore or often called the rainy side).  I like to mix it up...stay in Poipu on one trip and the next time stay in Princeville. Here are two of my favorites.

Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club - Poipu

About the Resort

Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club at night
Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club has one of the best locations on the award-winning Poipu Beach. You can walk out your villa door and walk a few steps to the sunniest beach on the island. The resort is landscaped to reflect the essence of the island with vibrantly colored tropical plants, lagoons, and waterfalls. Fitting perfectly into the landscape are three sparkling pools...one just for the children. There's also a fitness center and beachfront water sports to enjoy. Casual meals are available at the resort's Honu Pool Bar and The Marketplace.

Accommodations

This 5-star resort lives up to its reputation. Your family can stretch out in the spacious, perfectly-appointed two-bedroom, two-bath villas. Features include: full kitchens, separate living and dining areas, master suite with king bed, and separate bath with oversized soaking tub and shower. There's room for more people in the guest suite with a king bed and double sofa bed, in addition to a queen sleeper sofa in the living room.

Favorite Activities

Waimea Canyon
I bet you thought there was only one Grand Canyon! Though Waimea Canyon is not quite as big as the one in Arizona, it's definitely not to be missed. Mark Twain called it "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific" and it truly is. You'll marvel at the panoramic vistas and land formations spreading over ten miles with canyons almost 4,000 feet deep. Drive there in your rental car, or take a half-day tour with a tour company. Along the way enjoy Hanapepe Lookout, Sprouting Horn, and the Poipu Resorts made famous in the Elvis Presley movie, Blue Hawaii.  On other days, drive to Kauai's many popular beaches to snorkel and surf, and visit quaint towns like Old Koala Town or Hanapepe.

My favorite way to end the day is at world-famous Brennecke's Beach Broiler at Poipu Beach Park. Order a Mai Tai and watch a fabulous sunset at this casual, low-key restaurant. Then stick around for some of the best fresh fish dinners on the island.

What Travelers Say About Waiohai Beach Club

Review from RedWeek member tonjan:
"The Marriott Waiohai on Poipu beach is the BEST timeshare resort in all of Kauai. We also own the Marriott in Maui at the Ocean Club and I must admit that I prefer the Waiohai to the Maui resort. (Our teenage boys prefer this location too). They say the beach and the waves are much better than at Kaanapali. Its 5 star all the way. You can not beat the beach, the exploring locations and the gorgeous grounds. The timeshare is very spacious and has everything we could possibly need. If you want commercialized Hawaii-go to a different island. If you want pure beauty and lush tropical feel as you'd imagine Hawaii to be-this is the resort to be at and the island of choice! Mahalo!"

Read all Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club reviews >>

Hanalei Bay Resort - Princeville

About the Resort

The Hanalei Bay Resort has a prime location on the north shore of Kauai, overlooking the sparkling waters of Hanalei Bay. The resort encompasses 22 acres of exotic landscaping with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and the Pacific Ocean. The spectacular sunsets of the north shore are like no other!
Hanalei Bay Resort

Fodor's Travel has named Hanalei Bay Resort's pool one of the best in the U.S. Pool designers used the natural beauty of the area to show off the pool to its best advantage.  Guests enjoy unsurpassed views of Hanalei Bay and the Napili Coast while swimming and lounging by the pool. The ocean views from the eight on-site tennis courts aren't too bad either! Be sure to check out the tennis pro shop. You can walk to the beach in about five minutes, but in case you over-extend yourself with all the water sports, there's also complimentary golf cart rides to and from the sand 24 hours a day.

Accommodations

Accommodations feature fully furnished one-, two- and three-bedroom villas with full kitchens. The two-bedroom sleeps up to eight people comfortably with a King bed in the master bedroom, two double beds in the second bedroom, and a Queen Murphy bed. It also has 2 bathrooms, a lanai, and an entertainment center.

Favorite Activities

Another plus for this resort is the on-site concierge who can help you plan and
get started on any of the many adventures the area has to offer. The resort is located near surfing and snorkeling areas, horseback riding, golfing, great shopping, dining, and Hawaiian cultural activities.

Kayaking and Hiking
One of my favorite activities on this side of the island is kayaking. Kauai has the only navigable rivers in Hawaii and the Hanalai Bay area has many. You can spend a day meandering peacefully though the inland rivers, or for a more physical challenge try ocean kayaking.  A 17-mile paddle along the ruggedly beautiful Napili Coast, at the base of 4,000-foot cliffs, is an exhilarating experience! You'll see whales, sea turtles, dolphins, and more.

If you still need more thrills, you can hike the Napili coastline. The Kalalau Trail which begins at Ke'e beach is rated 9 out of 10 for difficulty, but is well worth the effort. The trek takes you along the most breathtaking coast and valley scenery of the island.

What Travelers Say about Hanalai Bay Resort

Review from RedWeek Member dennyw10
"We've owned HBR now for 10-years and stayed in the newly remodeled 2b/2b unit in March 2013. What an improvement the remodeled units make. The grounds, newly update pool have always been fantastic and the view looking out at Hanalei Bay is unbelievably beautiful. Truly this resort is on the right path. A great place to relax and enjoy paradise."

Read all Hanalei Bay Resort reviews >> 

No matter what side of the island or which resort you choose, you won't be disappointed. Kauai is truly a paradise, and the timeshare experience is the way to enjoy it! Let us hear from you - have you been to Kauai, and where do you like to stay?

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Monday, December 09, 2013

Plan Your Perfect New Year's Escape!

 The holiday season is already in full swing, and you know what that means… it's time to start planning your New Year's getaway! After all, is there a better present for your family (or yourself!) than an escape to one of the hottest New Year's destination? RedWeek has teamed up with our owners to bring you some of the best vacation spots to ring in 2014, as well as what makes these destinations so popular...

(prices in $USD for a full week, unless otherwise noted)


New York

Is there anywhere more iconic for New Year's than New York itself? With a selection of fantastic resorts in the area, you'll be within walking distance for the famed Times Square Ball drop, followed shortly by the fireworks in Central Park. You'll be right in the middle of the celebration; it'll be a New Year's trip to remember!

  • The Manhattan Club - 1 bedroom units from $2,300. Also, there are plenty of three-night rentals from just $1,050 if you're looking for a shorter stay!
  • West 57th Street by Hilton Club - Studio units from $2,500.
  • The Hilton Club New York - Studio and 1 bedroom units beginning at $350/night. Please note that all rentals here are 2-4 days and perfect if you're looking for a shorter vacation!

Las Vegas

New Year's on the Vegas strip... just try to tell me this doesn't sound like the vacation of a lifetime! The party starts at 5:00 PM when the strip closes to car traffic and everything comes alive! Many resorts are all decked out for the celebration and play host to festivities all their own. In addition, you're only a short trot away from classic attractions like Planet Hollywood and the Miracle Mile. Top all of that off with fireworks at the stroke of midnight for a breathtaking vacation experience!

Breckenridge

Maybe a glitzy, city-bound New Year's isn't your thing - how about the snow-capped peaks of Breckenridge? Skiing is prime in January, and just because you have a taste for a cozier holiday doesn't mean there are no festivities to be had! Come 6:00 PM, the new year celebration is just getting kicked off with a stunning torchlight parade down the famed Peak 9. This is followed up with a brilliant fireworks display over the Tenmile Range that will leave you breathless.

Cancun

This year, why not take your New Year's celebration to the beach? While almost everyone back home is fighting the chill, you'll be enjoying Mexico's warmth while some of area's best destination resorts keep the New Year's spirit alive and well. With exclusive activities and decorations that add a whole new level of life to the party atmosphere, you'll be ringing in the new year in style!

Orlando

Orlando is a perennial favorite, and there's no doubt that this Floridian hotspot gets even better when January 1st rolls around. The Orlando theme parks in the area often have unique New Year's-themed programs and attractions, and the spirit carries over into the resorts with activities that are great for the whole family!



*TIP* Remember, if you're seeking a fantastic kick off to 2014 away from home, you can always ask owners with New Year's weeks what makes the experience so memorable if you're looking into their week. Owners on RedWeek usually are, first and foremost, vacationers just like you and they're often very familiar with the best features of their given resort and region. 

Please note: All prices and availability were confirmed as of December 6, 2013.


This is just a small sampling of the many amazing vacation spots for your New Year's holiday! Let us know if you have a favorite destination to bring in 2014!

Friday, December 06, 2013

Top 5 Things to Do in Big Sky, MT

High in the Gallatin National Forest, where majestic Lone Peak looms, is scenic Big Sky, MT offering a year-round playground for everyone in the family. Stay in a Big Sky, MT timeshare and explore the top 5 things to do in Big Sky season by season:

1. In the Winter: Visit Lone Peak. Take the tram to the top and snap a photo of yourself or your family from 11,166 feet. Lone Peak features world-class skiing and snowboarding with over 1500 acres of ski terrain. Insider tip: Cross Country Skiing at Lone Peak is phenomenal and is often overlooked, be sure to check it out when you go. Web: Lone Peak. Location: 50 Big Sky Resort Road, Big Sky, MT.

2. In the Spring: Discover Pond Skim at Big Sky Resort. This spring staple attracts skiers and riders who want to glide down a ski slope and then slide across double icy ponds. Bring a camera, Pond Skim is very entertaining with people in costumes and thousands of cheering fans. Web: Big Sky Resort. Location: 50 Big Sky Resort Road, Big Sky, MT.

3. In the Summer: Check in at Big Sky Golf Course and enjoy playing on the award winning 18-hole par 72 course. The Arnold Palmer course is 6,500 feet above sea level and features spectacular views; keep an eye out for deer and moose along the Gallatin River. Insider tip: If you have kids take them zip lining or rafting in the summer months. Web: Big Sky Golf; Zip lining and Rafting. Locations: Big Sky Golf: 1 Black Otter, Big Sky, MT; Zip lining and Rafting: 46651 Gallatin Rd, Gallatin Gateway, Mt.

4. In the Fall: Gallop along with Jake’s Horses. Horse lovers will enjoy the nearby trails while riding a horse for just an hour or up to a week, your choice. During your ride keep an eye out for fly fishers dotting the area (or join the fly fishers). Dress warm, bring a hat, don't forget gloves, and reserve a spot to ride like John Bozeman did when he established the Bozeman Trail and was a key founder of nearby Bozeman, MT back in August 1864. Web: Jake’s Horses. Location: Three miles south of Big Sky on Highway 191, Doe Creek Road.

5. In July and August (weekends only): Take a guided tour at the Crail Ranch Homestead Museum. Explore log structures from the days of the earliest settlers of what is now called Big Sky, MT. In 1902, The Crail family established a 160-acre homestead in the Gallatin Basin and ran a ranch operation for over 50 years. Today, Crail Ranch is a homestead museum featuring two preserved log structures, historic documents, photographs, and artifacts depicting the Crail family during their homesteading days. Insider tip: The historic Crail Ranch is on the National Register of Historic Places. Web: Crail Ranch Homestead Museum. Location: 2110 Spotted Elk, Big Sky, MT.

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Photo Credit: Big Sky Wikipedia

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Plan Your Next Ski Vacation at Tahoe's High Sierra Lodge

The Lake Tahoe area, shared by both California and Nevada, is one of the most beautiful year-round resort areas. Its sunny spring and summers offer many activities centered around the lake. In fall and winter it becomes a world class ski destination, offering a multitude of skiing opportunities for both beginner and experienced skiers.  The Hyatt High Sierra Lodge, on the north shore of Tahoe, is a great place to start planning your ski vacation.

Why Hyatt High Sierra Lodge is Not Just Another Ski Resort

1. Location

You'll love the resort's stunning views of the magnificent surrounding mountains, and of the serene beauty of the lake. The location couldn't be any better for skiers. It's conveniently located right in the middle of some of the best ski areas:
  • Diamond Peak: offers Alpine skiing and snow boarding. It provides the perfect learning environment for beginners as well as challenging terrain for intermediate and advanced skiers. Families appreciate Diamond Peak for the Child Ski Center (for 3 - 7 year olds). 
  • Alpine Meadows: has something for everyone with its more than 100 runs, 14 lifts, and over 2,400 acres. There's a kids' program, a family zone, and a "wild side" for the double-back-diamond crowd. 
  • Mt. Rose: Since opening the "Chutes", Mt. Rose has become the favorite of the serious Tahoe Ski scene. Still, if you are not quite a "hot dog" there are slopes for you too!
  • Sierra-at-Tahoe: the third largest ski area in Tahoe with 2,000 acres of slopes from bunny to expert. There are also 4 terrain parks for boarders and skiers, and 200 acres of backcountry for steeps and deeps. Runs are wide and well groomed.
  • Homewood: small and peaceful, this ski resort has 1,260 acres, 56 runs, 8 lifts, and fantastic lake views. Child care and ski school for ages 4 -12 is offered.

2. Accommodations

After an exhilarating day on the slopes, you'll want to relax in luxurious accommodations. High Sierra Lodge's two-bedroom, two-bath units offer just that opportunity. The units are spacious and can accommodate 6-8 people in comfort.  The decor and furnishings reflect a rustic (yet luxurious) mountain cabin.  Current by-owner rentals start at $171/night.

You'll get a great night's sleep in the super comfortable Hyatt Grand Bed with pillow-top mattresses in both the master bedroom suite and the guest bedroom.  Most master suites also have a spa tub for ultimate relaxing. From the living area, glass doors open onto a private balcony for enjoying the spectacular views and fresh mountain air.  Watch TV (there are 3 in each unit) or a DVD, while warming up in front of the stone fireplace. All units include a fully-equipped kitchen with upscale appliances.

3. Amenities

As a guest of the lodge, you have amenity privileges at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino right next door!  You can take advantage of all the resort has to offer. For example:
  • Try your luck at the Lady Luck Casino.
  • Ease post-ski muscles with a deep-tissue massage at the world-class Stillwater Spa.
  • Satisfy your hunger at the Stillwater Pool Bar and Grille with a Kobe burger and your favorite beverage.
  • Take a cruise on the lake in one of the resort's private boats.
There's much to enjoy when you stay at High Sierra Lodge!

What Travelers Say About Hyatt High Sierra Lodge


Review from RedWeek member ballsandboards:
"Without a doubt the nicest timeshare in Lake Tahoe. Ski Season is Amazing!!!"

Review from RedWeek member lawrence37:
"We purchased a third floor unit for week 21 (gold with 1880 Hyatt points) from a listing on RedWeek. We have traded for Thanksgiving week for two years in a row and then booked several other two-day trips with our extra points. We love the setting, the restaurants, the casino, the friendly people and the great bar on the beach of Lake Tahoe. Down hill and cross-country skiing are very close. All of the units are two bedrooms and are very clean and well appointed. The kitchens are well equipped. You have access to a private pool and Jacuzzi and all of the Hyatt hotel facilities. We have a great time on the lake without the traffic and noise of the south shore."

Monday, December 02, 2013

Full Week By-Owner Cheaper Than Few Nights From the Resort

Recently we discussed some of the partial week rentals owners have listed with RedWeek and how these make for fantastic short getaways. However, this isn't your only choice when you need a few nights away. In many cases, renting a few nights directly from a hotel can end up being more expensive than renting a full week from an owner. So, even if you only need, say, four nights, you might find that a full week from an owner saves you compared to booking those nights straight through the resort (and, consider tax on top of that already-pricey bill!)
Aruba Surf Club: save on a 3-night stay by-owner


Let's break this down with an example. Consider this posting for Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club. This posting spans from April 3 - 10, 2014 and nets you an ocean view 1 bedroom/1 bathroom unit for $1,875 ($268 per night). Now, let's jump over to the resort's site for the same price breakdown. With the exact same specifications in mind (date, view and unit size), we see that the same unit is listed for $630/night, but when taxes and fees are included, effective rate is $692.85! Here's your equation: take the RedWeek full week price ($1,875), divided by the resort's nightly price with tax ($692.85), and you get 2.7062.  In other words, the weekly rental on RedWeek is less expensive than booking 3 nights with the resort.

Even if you did only need three nights at the Surf Club, you'd still be investing a sizable $2,078.55. If you were to rent directly from the owner, you'd pay $203.55 less and receive four nights free (whether you decide to take advantage of them or not!). 

Here are some other examples: 



Resort Full Week from RedWeek Resort-Direct By Night (with tax) Book with RedWeek if...
Harborside Resort at Atlantis $1,500
(Mar 15 check-in, 1 br, garden)
$480/nt Staying 4 nights ($1,920 from resort)
The Manhattan Club $1,495
(Feb 21 check-in, 1 br)
$491.22/nt Staying 4 nights ($1,965 from resort)
Marriott's Newport Coast Villas $1,550
(Mar 21 check-in, 2 br)
$361.90/nt Staying 5 nights ($1,809 from resort)
Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach $995
(Feb 22 check-in, 1 br)
$488.95/nt Staying 3 nights ($1,467 from resort)
Sheraton Desert Oasis $775
(Mar 14 check-in, 1 br)
$316.81/nt 
(on sale)
Staying 3 nights ($950.43 from resort)
Marriott's Grande Ocean $1,150 (Mar 16 check-in, 2 br, ocean) $387.55/nt (avg) Staying 3 nights ($1,163 from resort)


You see, you can rent four nights from the Harborside Resort at Atlantis for $1,920… or the full week from owner for $1,500. Three nights at the Sheraton Desert Oasis will run you $950.43, while the whole week on RedWeek is just a mere $775. Are you beginning to see the pattern here? So next time you need a few days away, consider checking out one of the full weeks for rent (whether you use them or not). Once you break down the pricing, you’ll definitely appreciate it!

* Please note: all prices were confirmed to be accurate as of December 2, 2013, 11 am PST. Side-by-side comparisons were made, then the resort's nightly rate was calculated by averaging the full weekly price with taxes and fees included.  By-owner listings are limited in availability and may be booked quickly when featured. Outside vendors' rates may change without notice.  

Friday, November 29, 2013

Top 5 Things to Do in Carmel, CA

Carmel-by-the-Sea, often called Carmel, was founded in 1902. The picturesque seaside town is a feast for the eyes. Shutterbugs will enjoy snapping images of the coastline and architecture lovers will enjoy taking in the the Spanish-inspired sites. Stay in a Carmel timeshare and explore the top 5 things to do in Carmel, CA:

1. Go for a Stroll: Reserve a spot to go on a two-hour walking tour of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Explore secret pathways and courtyards, gorgeous gardens, and cottages straight out of fairtales. Be sure to wear good walking shoes and get ready to be a shutterbug as your guide introduces you to Doris Day's dog digs, the award winning Biblical Garden, and famous movie locations. Web: Carmel Walks. Location: Lincoln Street and Ocean Avenue, Carmel, CA.

2. Ride on the Beach: This is your chance to trot horses along Pebble Beach. The Pebble Beach Equestrian Center features 30 miles of hiking and equestrian trails that meander through the Del Monte Forest. Join in on one of the daily guided tours and ride a horse on sand. Choose from basic horseriding lessons to family forest rides and even group beach rides. Web: Pebble Beach Equestrian Center. Location: 3300 Portola Road, Pebble Beach, CA.

3. Head to the Sea: A visit to Point Lobos State Reserve will leave you with picturesque memories of California. A small fee gets you into the park and rangers are on hand with maps. Go visit the sea lions that dot bolders in the area. The park is a great place to ride a bike or enjoy a picnic. P.S. Don't forget your camera. Web: Point Lobos State Reserve. Location:Route 1, Box 62, Carmel, CA.

4. Discover the Mission: The architecuture of this mission founded in 1771 is a designer's dream. A visit to the Carmel Mission is a step back in history as it is the only mission in California with its original bell tower dome. Founder, Father Junípero Serra is buried under the alter. The mission offers self-guided tours as well as group tours. Insider Tip: Carmel Mission is an active parish. Web: Carmel Mission. Location: 3080 Rio Road, Carmel, CA.

5. Drive the Coast: This famous 17-mile drive glides past historic mansions, the Pebble Beach golf courses, and the well-known Spanish Bay. Get ready for dramatic ocean views as you pull in and out of scenic turn off points. Pack a lunch and enjoy the view from a picnic table and look for The Lone Cypress above the ocean perched there for over 250 years. Web: 17 Mile Drive. Location: 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, CA (at Lighthouse Avenue).

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Photo Credit: Pebble Beach Equestrian Center

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving: RedWeek CEO reflects…

We're coming to a great time of year when travel is largely oriented around families and friends getting together.  And Thanksgiving dinner toasts and conversations include prayers and reflections on what we have to be thankful for.  So, in that spirit… I'd like to share a few comments of my own.

When a group of us founded RedWeek over 11 years ago, we dreamed that we could discover how to use technology to satisfy needs of a large group of people.  We've done that… though we know we didn't do it by ourselves.  RedWeek is the result of trust by the nearly 2 million people who've registered with us and use the site to accomplish their own objectives. Some are monetizing their significant investments in vacation ownership.  Others are finding excellent vacation accommodations at very reasonable prices.  We see that trust though we work in two industries, timesharing and the Internet, where there are enough bad players to make such trust uncommon.

In addition, we who founded and manage RedWeek have been very fortunate to find a very special group of people to form the company.  If you've contacted our customer service team you've met some of the best. Our people are dedicated to making sure that you are satisfied with your participation with RedWeek.  They are honest. They are interested in you… and they are having fun.  Many are work-at-home moms.  They live in several different states, they work in their living rooms and home offices.  Others on our team are constantly working through ways to promote our site to continue the growth… finding other people like you who can benefit from our service. Still others work diligently on the technology, making sure that we stay functional and user-friendly while we add services that we feel benefit you. We also have financial members who deal with the banks, keep our taxes and bills paid.

So, on this Thanksgiving day (and actually on all days), I'm grateful for you - our customers, for our wonderful team, and to God for the gift of this young country we live in, where honest hard work brings the reward of dreams fulfilled.

May you all have a blessed and safe Thanksgiving,

Randy Conrads
RedWeek CEO

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Snow is Already Falling in Breckenridge!

November 8 marked the opening day for Breckenridge's ski season. In a previous post we mentioned we'd be featuring a few ski resorts for you to consider in planning your ski trip. This time it's Grand Timber Lodge, the perfect ski resort in the perfect ski area, Breckenridge, Colorado.

What's Perfect About Grand Timber Lodge?

1. Location

The lodge sits rights in the middle of Peaks 8 and 9 of the Breckenridge Ski Resort, one of the top ski locations in the world. It's easy to ski-in and ski-out of the lodge to all the peaks and trails. In fact, all you have to do to get to Peak 8 is walk down the driveway of the resort, cross the street, step into your bindings, and ski a short distance down to the Snowflake chairlift. The lodge is also a short drive or walk to historical downtown Breckenridge with its abundance of shops, restaurants, and museums.

2. Accommodations

Grand Timber Lodge offers a variety of accommodations. Choices range from a studio that sleeps up to four people, to a suite that sleeps up to ten. The one-, two- and three-bedroom condominiums offer all the comforts of home. The fully equipped gourmet kitchens with complete dining service for 10 make it easy to entertain friends and family.  After a day on the slopes, the jetted tubs in the bathrooms are so nice to ease into!  All condominiums have a private deck, gas fireplace, and full-size washer and dryer.

3. Amenities

Grand Timber Lodge features the largest amenities package in Breckenridge. Besides the ski-in and ski-out convenience, there are many additional services and activities offered at the resort:


  • Guest Services

The lodge has an enthusiastic staff and concierge service to help ensure that you don't miss any of the exciting activities in the community of Breckenridge and at the lodge. Christy Sports, a ski concierge and rental shop is located on the property next to the ski trail access to the Beaver Run Super Chair. Rent ski and snowboard packages by the day or for your entire vacation. Lodge guests get a 10% discount on all packages.  Forgot your goggles? Don't worry, the shop also has a variety of accessories. And for added convenience, Christy's offers Grand Timber guests weekly, secure, ski-in/ski-out storage at no charge.

Indoor/outdoor pool
Grand Timber's staff is also very accommodating in finding just the right activities for you. They will help you book your dream activity whether it's a sleigh ride, dog-sled adventure, or a hot air balloon ride. If it's a trip into downtown Breckenridge for shopping and dinner, or one of the weekly activities at the resort, the staff has got it all covered.


  • Pools, Hot Tubs, Day Spa

The Grand Timber Lodge has many services to pamper you. A dip in a heated pool or hot tub is a must for all ski vacations, and the lodge comes to your rescue in that area.


  • Grand Victorian Day Spa & Salon

The spa's motto,"Give your Body the Vacation it Deserves" really holds true at this elegant, Victorian-themed day spa. Relax and be pampered by the professional staff with a massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, and other salon services.


  • Lodgepole Bar & Grill

If you find yourself not wanting to use your condo's gourmet kitchen, the Grand Timber's Lodgepole Bar & Grill will cook for you. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily.  For added relaxation, its afternoon "Happy Hour" could easily be fitted in between the hot tub and the spa!


  • Children's Activities

Your children will appreciate the abundance of activities for kids offered by the lodge. They're sure to have fun at the weekly Kid's Fest, arcade, teen night, children's playground, and kiddie pool.

4. Prices

Since Grand Timber Lodge is a timeshare resort, there are often lots of by-owner weeks available at really good rates.  Current rental rates start at just $143/night for a studio unit, $171/night for a two-bedroom, or $200 for a three-bedroom!  Check out all Grand Timber Lodge rentals available before ski-season is over!

What Travelers Say About Grand Timber Lodge

Review from RedWeek member richardt339:
"We are owners of multiple units at this resort for a reason. It is a fantastic property with a great location near Beaver Run and has wonderful amenities including a full service spa, multiple indoor/outdoor pools and hot tubes, a game room and restaurant. There is a full service rental company on premises with ski lockers for visitors. There is a movie rental kiosk on premises and wifi is available for use by visitors. There is a free shuttle bus and indoor heated parking for guests. Overall, this is a first class resort. We have never had a bad stay! We are a family of five with 3 small kids. A great family vacation awaits."

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Top 5 Things to Do in Lake Tahoe, CA

Lake Tahoe and the surrounding area offer something for everyone. In the winter, locals take to the powdery slopes. In the summer, locals take to the glassy water. There are many things to do in this outdoor playground especially in the winter. Stay in a Lake Tahoe timeshare and explore the top 5 things to do in Lake Tahoe, CA:

1. Take to the Tram: If you are headed to North Tahoe hop on the Aerial Tram and take it to High Camp at Squaw Valley. The 2,000 vertical foot climb takes you to high camp where you top out at 8,200 feet in elevation. Panaromic views of Lake Tahoe are now before your eyes. If you are in South Tahoe jump into the Heavenly Gondolo and take it up to the observation deck and enjoy a picnic with a breathtaking view. The 2.4-mile ride up will leave you breathless. Web: Squaw Valley; or  Heavenly Gondola. Locations: Squaw Valley Resort: 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, CA; or Heavenly Mountain: 4080 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA.

2. Skate on Ice: Head on over to the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena and lace up a rented pair of ice skates. Take to the glossy surface and carve figure eights across the groomed ice. This state of the art ice skating facility is also home to The Lake Tahoe Blue Hockey Club if you want to buy tickets and watch them shoot around the puck. Web: South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena. Location: 1176 Rufus Allen Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA.

3. Soak in a Hot Spring: Slip into the outdoor Meditation Pool at Sierra Hot Springs and enjoy a relaxing warm bath. The pool is surrounded by tile as you step down rock steps into a soft sand bottom. Go at night and enjoy the star studded skies. Web: Sierra Hot Springs. Location: 521 Campbell Hot Springs Road, Sierraville, CA.

4. Rev Up Your Engine: Get ready to rumble on a snowmobile with Lake Tahoe Adventures and discover a winter wonderland. Your snowmobile has no clutch or gears making it easy for even the newest riders to master. Single or double rides are available as well. Take to the snow and see Lake Tahoe from the front row view of a snowmobile! Web: Lake Tahoe Adventures. Location: 3071 Highway 50, South Lake Tahoe, CA.

5. Race on Snowshoes: This is your chance to head over to Camp Richardson to participate in your first ever snow shoe event with Beacon Bar & Grill's Snow Shoe Cocktail Races. The snow shoe race starts in the evening, snow shoes are provided, and afterward you can go sip on that cocktail you earned. Web: Cocktail Race. Location: 1900 Jameson Beach Rd., South Lake Tahoe, CA.

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Photo Credit: Tahoe Chamber of Commerce
 
P.S. Check out nearby timeshares on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe: 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Refresh Yourself With a Short Getaway!

We've all been in this situation - halfway through a week of work, and you're already feeling burned out. You want nothing more than to escape for a week to the vacation hotspot of your dreams. That's not always possible, however... Perhaps you can't get a full week off of work, or maybe financial constraints make a week away just too impractical. 

Why not consider a short getaway instead? Trips spanning the two to six night range are more popular now then ever, and definitely warrant a peek if you're looking for a chance to escape. While the majority of RedWeek is devoted to the standard, seven-night timeshare week, some owners have shorter stays available for rent. We've handled the scouring for you, so take a peek below at some of our favorite resorts for partial week rentals. Kick back, relax and have some fun planning a couple days away from the tedium; you work hard, and you deserve it!

(prices in $USD per night, unless otherwise noted)

Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort

Florida



New York


  • The Manhattan Club, New York City - 1 to 5 night rentals, starting at just $150 per night!

Marriott's Timber Lodge Tahoe

California



Utah



Smugglers' Notch Resort

Vermont




South Carolina



Nevada

Wyndham Grand Desert



Mexico



Marriott's Aruba Surf Club

Aruba



The Caribbean




*TIP* - When viewing a resort page, you can choose to sort rental postings by number of nights if you're on the hunt for a partial week. Right under the purple 'Timeshare Rentals' tab, you'll see a bar that allows you to sort postings by the number of nights. This saves you time in combing through postings, trying to pick out the partial weeks.

Please note: All prices and availability were verified as of November 15, 2013


So, by now you're raring to go, right? Let us know below which destination you picked for some much needed rest and relaxation!

Monday, November 18, 2013

The Sparkling New Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto

The people lucky enough to have discovered the Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto in Baja California Sur, Mexico, go on and on about how relaxing it is, and they are right. The resort sits on a quiet bay with calm, warm blue water and a cove for snorkeling is just down the beach. There are no vendors here to hound you, no noisy wave runners to interrupt your reading. The entire bay is a protected National Marine park and a UNESCO World Heritage site and the snorkeling is fantastic. Paddle boards and glass bottom kayaks are available for rent for a leisurely cruise around the bay. 

When you first enter the impressive lobby, you are brought an icy chilled cloth for your neck and a virgin piña colada, in need of ice and a shot of rum in my opinion, but a welcoming gesture just the same. 

Rooms: 

The rooms are classic, modern and the main focus is on the view from the large balcony. The kitchen is well stocked with fancy glassware, pots, pans, dishes, toaster and stainless steel appliances, microwave and small cook top. The beds are perfect!   


Pools: 

The pools are really a work of art: 20,000 square feet of pure beauty, in the shape of a giant turtle. Biggest pool I have ever been in ever,  and when the lights came in, it was like swimming in liquid gold. There is a huge hot tub too, at least big enough for 25 people. 


Dining:  

There are 3 restaurants: 

Shrimp entree from Danzante
1. The Market has an incredible buffet with indoor or outdoor seating that's like something out of a Hollywood movie. 
2. Casa Mia is casual Italian with hand tossed pizza close to the beach
3. Danzante is fine dining with a cigar bar. The house specialty is chocolate clams, but I had the shrimp. 

Room Service is available 24 hours/day from all 3 restaurants, and you can also get drinks and dessert at the firepits on the beach.


Entertainment: 

The beach, swimming, fishing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, karaoke, Mexican Fiestas and shows, tennis, hiking trails, and bird watching. Tours are available to local attractions such as San Javier Mission or the local islands.  And best of all: snorkeling right out in front of the resort. A golf course is in the works right out the front door. We spent most of our time in the pools or on the beach.


Spa:  

The Sabila Spa is first class. There is a full menu of services and is sure to be the highlight of any vacation. It’s 39,000 square feet of luxury.


Exercise Facilities:  

Rooftop tennis courts
Housed in the same grand building as the spa, with floor to ceiling windows looking out onto the mountains in the distance, made me want to work out longer!


Groceries and Sundries:  

The is a surprisingly large market with a good variety of necessities from  spirits, wine, mixers, sunscreen, swimsuits, chips and salsa, to ice cream, cookies, lunch meats, cheese, breads, and all sorts of condiments. And T-shirts for the grown kids back home. 


Getting there:  

There is a new airport in Loreto and Alaska Airlines flies from LAX to Loreto nonstop with complimentary beer and wine. The resort is 23 miles south. There is shuttle service available or one can rent a car from Alamo, Enterprise or other well known companies. 

Villa del Palmar Islands of Loreto has become my “Happy Place” on stressful days! I will be watching for rentals to come up on RedWeek!  (See more photos from this trip at RedWeek)

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The content and photos for this article were provided by Leah, a RedWeek member from a small town in North Idaho who hopes to soon retire and do much more travel writing!  Want to write for our blog too?  Leave a comment below and we'll get you the details.  

Friday, November 15, 2013

Top 5 Things to Do in Anaheim, CA

Most people who visit Anaheim travel to the city for one thing: Disneyland. But Anaheim offers so many things to do outside the "Friendliest Place on Earth." Stay in an Anaheim timeshare and explore the top 5 things to do in Anaheim, CA:

1. Get Some Air: You don't have to go through years of training to fly a military jet. Anaheim's Flightdeck Air Combat Center lets you pilot a fighter jet from take-off to landing. Take to the skies and engage in combat or perform aerial stunts. And you get to do it all inside an authentic military flight simulator. Web: Flightdeck Air Combat Center. Location: 1650 S. Sinclair St., Anaheim, CA.

2. Sail Away: Take a day trip aboard the Catalina Express headed to the one and only Catalina Island. Once on the island you will be treated to quaint shops and seaside dining opportunities. Adventerous types will enjoy snorkeling around the island or bicycling down the streets of the island. Want to lay low? Spread out a blanket on the beach and soak up the rays. Web: Catelina Island. Location: 2001 South Manchester Anaheim, CA.

3. Go to the Show: The Grove of Anaheim theater hosts popular Broadway productions, family events, and concerts. The theater offers seating for 5,000 so it makes for an intimate show. If you enjoy dinner theater they offer dinner two hours before a performance is scheduled to start. Web: City National Grove of Anaheim. Location: 2200 East Katella Avenue, Anaheim CA.

4. Roll with the Coasters: Run out of things to do with your toddler? Adventure City is a low-key amusement park that offers 17 rides plus shows and attractions targeted for children ages five and under. Here you will find two roller coasters, a rock climbing wall, and a Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends area. There's even a petting zoo, puppet shows, and popular sing-along events. Web: Adventure City. Location: 1238 S Beach Blvd, Anaheim, CA.

5. Get Knighted: Just outside Anaheim, The Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament will transport your family to the Middle Ages during a two-hour dinner and show. Get ready to watch costumed performers joust and duel it out on center stage. The event holds up to 1,000 guests and dining with silverware is optional. Web: Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Location: 7662 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA.

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Photo Credit: City Data