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."

Check out more Grand Timber Lodge reviews >>

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

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Choosing a Family Resort in Hilton Head Island, SC

Whether your idea of the perfect Hilton Head Island vacation spot is being beachfront with warm, white sand and turquoise waves only steps away, or having a stunning view of one of many manicured golf courses from your balcony, Hilton Head Island has the place for you!

There are many wonderful HHI resorts to choose from, that are absolutely perfect for your family!  Many of these family resorts are located at or near one of the sun-kissed beaches, while others are nicely situated mid-island on one of the many tranquil lakes, waterways, and lagoons.
These resorts offer accommodations from studio, hotel-like units that sleep up to two people, and include a small kitchenette, to home-like two and three-bedroom units that include full-sized well-equipped kitchens, living rooms with flat-screened TVs, bathrooms with garden tubs, and balconies with views of the island’s natural beauty.
As with most resorts on the island, one can expect immaculately manicured and landscaped gardens and pathways abounding with lush tropical flowers and foliage, as well as crystal-clear curvaceous swimming pools, and warm, bubbling hot tubs.  For families who enjoy cooking their meals outside, gas grills are typically available at these properties for no additional charge.
RedWeek.com offers resort rentals and resales to fit your family’s needs and preferences. Through RedWeek, these resorts can be rented and purchased directly from the owner.  Having no sales commissions, or hidden fees, you will save a lot of money.
Here is a sampling of just a few of the many HHI resorts, their locations, property description, user ratings, and starting rental rates:

Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort


Location:  Shelter Cove Harbour, 22 Harbourside Lane, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina  29928
Resort Description: Patterned after a hunting and fishing lodge from the 1940s. Harbor and golf course views. This resort is rated 5 out of 5 stars. Rentals are hard to come by, but we currently have one December week for $136/night.
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Location:  Port Royal Plantation, 4 Grasslawn Avenue, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29928


Resort Description: Beautiful secluded area, within easy walking distance of the ocean.  Ocean and garden views. This resort is rated 5 out of 5 stars, and weekly rental rates start at just $139 per night.



Location: 51 South Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina  29928
Resort Description:  Oceanfront property, moments from The Sea Pines Plantation (free pass included), just steps from the warm, white sand.  Ocean and garden views. This resort is rated 5 out of 5 stars, and weekly rental rates start at $100 per night.

 



Location: 5101 Waterside Drive, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29938


Resort Description:  A full-sized resort with several swimming pools and hot tubs.  A short walk or bike-ride to the beach.  Garden, pool, and nature views. This resort is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, and weekly rental rates start at just $104 per night.
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The content of this article was submitted by Tim, an active traveler and RedWeek member from Knoxville, Tennessee. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Still Time to Plan a Christmas Getaway!

It's getting to be that time of year again... You know what I’m talking about; the holiday season! The peculiar time of year when everyone's at their happiest - and at their most stressed out. It’s little wonder why: we all want our family and friends to have the best experience possible, and between the shopping and the planning, we understand it can get a bit overwhelming.

This holiday season, why not treat your family to an unforgettable Christmas experience somewhere away from home? Christmas week is highly coveted among vacationers, and can be booked out long before even autumn comes to pass. Luckily, some savvy owners still have their weeks on hand and are eager to rent them out!

Check out some of our suggestions below. Whether you're looking for traditional snow and evergreens or a beachside Christmas, we've got you covered.

Timeshare rentals still available over Christmas: 

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

Florida


Sheraton Vistana Villas, Orlando

Hawaii

California

Nevada


Hyatt Main Street Station, Breckenridge

Colorado

Arizona


Big Cedar Wilderness Club, Ridgedale

Missouri


Playa Grande Resort, Cabo San Lucas

Mexico



*TIP* When searching for Christmas weeks on RedWeek's advanced search, search for the location you're interested in, with availability between Week 51 and Week 51, 2013.  

Please note: All prices and availability were verified as of November 8, 2013. 

Did you manage to score a fantastic week for your Christmas vacation? Or is there a particular location you enjoy frequenting when the holiday season rolls around? Let us know in the comments - we're always happy to hear from you!

Friday, November 08, 2013

Top 5 Things to Do in Maui, HI

Maui locals will tell you that nothing is native to Maui. Fruit, trees, plants and more were brought in to thrive under the Maui sun including pineapples (not native!). There is lots to explore on this tropical island that is half desert and half rain forest. Stay in a Maui timeshare and explore the top 5 things to do in Maui, HI:

1. Go Hiking: Frolic in a rain forest, swim beneath waterfalls, cliff jump into the deep water, and along the way as you hike learn from a local guide how to identify various fruits that are edible from the ice cream pod to apple bananas and more. Plus get the scoop on all the non-native trees in the forest including the Cook Pine. Be sure to wear good hiking shoes as this is a rain forest so it rains a lot. Your knowledgeable guide (guide Kate knows the terrain well!) will supply you with a backpack, a rain poncho, and bottled water (and lunch). Choose from half day or full day excursions. Insider Tip: Put bug spray on before you go! Web: Hike Maui. Location: Intersection of Highways 350 & 380.

2. Go Tasting: Feed your five senses with a Hawaii Tasting Tour in Lahaina. Your local guide, Gigi, will take you on a culinary journey to several Lahaina restaurants where you will get to try the best of the best from local fish to the best Mai Tai on the island and even the best shave ice at Breakwall. Insider Tip: Come hungry, this tour offers quite the feast! And while you dine you learn about Maui's history and your guide, Gigi, will snap photos of you along the way. Gigi will email the photos to you after the tour, a nice memento from an exquisite culinary journey. Web: Hawaii Tasting Tours. Location: Downtown, Lahaina, HI.

3. Go Snorkeling: Maui locals will tell you the best place to snorkel is Black Rock. Along the three mile stretch of white sand is an underground playground of sea life with easy in and out snorkel access right off the beach. Insider Tip: Public parking at Black Rock is located at ground level at the Sheraton Maui Resort. For those who like a more challenging snorkel experience head over to Honalua Bay and carefully navigate over the slippery rocks to the right where the coral is underwater. Be careful entering the water as the seashore is rimmed with sea urchins. Insider Tip: Don't be alarmed by the murky water, visibility gets better as you near the coral. And keep an eye out for local sea turtle, Nugget. P.S. If you want to snorkel at Honalua Bay by boat hitch a ride with Terilani Sailing and snorkel right off the boat! Locations: Black Rock: 2606 Kaanapali Pkwy. Honalua Bay: Mile Marker: #32 (Honoapi’ilani Hwy aka Hwy 30).

4. Go Driving: Hop in your rental vehicle and visit the Nakalele Blowhole. Park out front and hike half a mile to the right down the ravine and then get your camera ready for the Nakalele Blowhole show! This is nature at its most powerful. Then hop back in your vehicle and venture down the hairpin turns of highway 340. This 13-mile stretch is narrow (drive slow!) and the sweeping views are jaw dropping. Insider Tip: Keep an eye out for Julia's Best Banana Bread along the way. Web: Nakalele blowhole. Locations: Here's a map.

5. Go Shopping: Lahaina offers a beach-inspired row of stores off the main drag including the best place to buy affordable Hawaiian gifts at the ABC Store. New to the area is Maui's first ever outlet mall, which is set to open on November 21, 2013. The outlets will house 35 retail shops including Coach, Brooks Brothers, Michael Kors and many more. Several new restaurants are at the outlets including Hard Rock Cafe and Ruth's Chris Steakhouse with others to come. Web: Maui Outlets. Location: Corner of Papalaua and Front Streets in Lahaina, HI.

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Photo Credit: CopyStrands

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Warm Up For Winter in Quintana Roo!

November is now upon us, and with it comes colder and shorter days. We wrap ourselves in down jackets and scarves, and the thought on all of ours mind is the same - "We want summer back!"

How do white-sand beaches and rolling turquoise waves sound? Exotic Mayan ruins nestled in the balmy jungles? Or perhaps a glistening nightlife alive with the energy you’d be hard-pressed to find on any freezing November evening? Let us whisk you away to the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.

The name Quintana Roo might be foreign to most travelers, evoking images of kangaroos before a prime vacation spot. But this gem of a region nestled along the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula is fast becoming one of the hottest vacation spots. This region is home to the cities of Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos and Riviera Maya, each boasting a unique character.

The general region boasts an average high of 84 degrees Fahrenheit in November, and if that doesn’t tempt you, the sheer range of activities in the region surely will; lounging on the beach, swimming, sailing, scuba diving, hiking, cave and ruin tours, parasailing, golfing, horseback riding, shopping, dining... There's more than enough to keep you going for a week (or more!).

Before you get packing, however, there is one major point to consider - where should you stay? The answer will lie partly in what you’re hoping to experience during your Mexican getaway. Without any further ado, let us introduce you to some of the finest resorts in the region...

The Resorts of Cancun

Cancun is renowned for being one of the prime vacation getaways in Mexico. The city’s rich and vibrant nightlife is one of the draws, but Cancun is so much more than just the party scene. The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort is the perfect locale to experience all that Cancun has to offer to visitors. Situated along Cancun’s Kukulcan Boulevard, you'll have access to a wealth of unique shopping opportunities. There's no shortage of dining opportunities either - waterfront restaurants line the coast for a side of breathtaking scenery with your dinner. Perhaps after a day of travel you just feel like kicking back on the beach? At the Westin Lagunamar, the beach is right in your backyard. An expansive pool lies almost flush against the ocean for when you’d prefer a freshwater dip. If your focus is sun-soaked relaxation and lots of it, there’s no better choice than this gorgeous Starwood property.

The quintet of Royal resorts also present the perfect location for your Cancun vacation. Also situated along Kukulcan Boulevard, the Royal resorts encompass The Royal Cancun, The Royal Caribbean, The Royal Islander, The Royal Mayan and The Royal Sands. While all five resorts are separate properties, they are located extremely closely to one another and allow guests of any resort to use the amenities of the other four. This is a perk you'll learn to love - the Royal resorts are all equipped with swimming pools, tennis courts and fitness centers. Additionally, each resort offers programs so guests can experience all Cancun has to offer. The Royal Islander, for example, offers an on-site activities program with excursions to some of the most exciting islands and pyramids in the region. We encourage you to check out the RedWeek resort pages to see which Royal resort is the best fit for you, but you can be assured all five come packed with plenty to keep your Cancun trip exciting!

The Resorts of Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is another favorite locale for resort developers and it's not hard to see why - this gorgeous city situated alongside the crystalline waters of the ocean is surrounded by countless opportunities for adventure! After a day of scuba diving or scouting out ancient caves, we don’t blame you for wanting to return to one of the most luxurious resorts Playa del Carmen has to offer -The Grand Luxxe Riviera Maya. Exhausted by all your adventures? Unwind after your hectic day with a trip to the on-site Brio Spa. Offering a vast array of massages, body scrubs and facials, you're sure to find the perfect way to pamper yourself. The Brio Spa also houses a fitness center and beauty salon to ensure you look your best all trip long.  Additionally, the Grand Luxxe Riviera Maya boasts nearly a dozen unique dining opportunities ranging from formal-casual affairs to cafes. No matter what your taste, you’re bound to find the perfect sustenance to fuel your vacation.


The Royal Haciendas is also a fantastic choice if you want to stay busy. This Royal resort is located right in the midst of plenty of fantastic opportunities. The gorgeous island of Cozumel, considered the scuba diving capital of Mexico, is just a short ferry ride away. You're also a mere five minutes away from Playa del Carmen proper, and the ancient cities of Tulum and Coba are nearby for your exploration. This is all providing, of course, you'll even want to leave the resort! Each room is host to a spacious balcony with an ocean view and whirlpool tub and we can promise a great time whether you’re out and about or unwinding back in your room.

It's clear why the Quintana Roo region makes such a spectacular getaway - it's the perfect blend of exotic intrigue mixed with with luxury and relaxation. Surely by now you're itching to plan your personal getaway from the cold and bitter winter that’s coming far too fast. Remember to check out our resort reviews to get the scoop on what other owners favorite experiences of each resort were! Perhaps you’ve traveled the region yourself? Let us know in the comments what you found exciting!

Monday, November 04, 2013

November Marks the Start of Ski Season

The snow is starting to fall in various ski resorts across the country...have you planned your ski trip yet? We'd like feature a few ski resorts this month to help get your planning started. First up, Park City Utah's Westgate Park City Resort & Spa.

Westgate Park City Resort & Spa

Westgate Park City Resort located just minutes away from all the ski slopes and attractions that Park City has to offer, is a great resort for your winter adventure. Even if you are not a skier, the resort and the area provide many other exciting activities for all ages and interests. And if you need more incentive to visit, we recently found out Westgate Park City Resort and Spa was awarded Utah's 2013 Winner Best of State award!

Checking in

You and your family, or friends can choose from a variety of accommodations that feature views of Utah's awe inspiring Wasatch Mountain Range. Accommodations start with Studio Luxury Villas that sleep up to 4 guests, and go on up to two, three and even four bedroom villas that accommodate 14 guests. (What a party you could have!) All provide the comforts that your "home away from home" should have...fully equipped kitchen, luxurious bathroom, separate living and dining areas, fireplace, and private balcony or deck. Though you'll probably spend most of your time outside, it's nice to have a comfortable home to come retreat to. 

Concierge to the Rescue

The resort has a concierge desk with staff ready to help you plan your days!  Like a secretary or your mom, the concierge can make your day soooo much easier by assisting you with all those little planning details you don't want to be concerned with on vacation! The concierge will book excursions, activities, dinner, ski rentals, transportation, and more. Whew! What a relief.

All About Skiing 

Ski lifts just steps from the resort
The Westgate Park City is in a prime location for skiing. It's located at the base of Utah's single largest ski and snowboard resort, The Canyons. The Westgate Resort offers ski-in and ski-out access to the Canyons' 4000 + skiable acres and a free ski valet service. There's a Ski Rental store and ski locker rooms on the property too.

Complimentary Shuttle Service Anyone?

Of course you will want to hit the other ski areas. The Westgate Park City offers a complimentary shuttle service to Deer Valley Ski Resort, Montage, and Park City Mountain Resort. The service also will take you to downtown Park City for shopping and dining, and to many other local areas.

Other Winter Sports 

Skiing is not the only winter sport that requires snow. Popular in the area is snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and snow tubing. There's also bobsledding, ice skating, cross-country skiing, and ski jumping. Does that sound like enough to keep you occupied?

Après-Ski...Hot Tubs, Yoga, and Serenity Spa

Private hot-tubs
Ok, so you've spent a long day on the slopes, you've snowboarded, ski jumped and ice skated, and your body is telling you that it's time to relax and revive. What do you do? You could stretch out those tired muscles in the resort's yoga studio and then hop in the hot tub, or visit the aptly named Serenity Spa, the ideal after-party for your day of activity.  Let spa technicians customize a service just for you as you kick back in the luxurious treatment rooms.  After or before your treatment sooth your over-extended muscles with a sauna or steam. Heaven!

Dining Options

You've got to eat to keep up your strength for all those activities. Westgate Park City's Edge Steakhouse won Utah's 2013 Best of State Award. Chef de Cuisine Nick Lees, also a Utah State winner, is known for his amazing culinary creations. If it's a burger and a more casual setting you want, there's also Drafts Sports Bar & Grill on the property. Take the resort's shuttle into Park City for many dining options, or cook a meal in your villa's kitchen.

Sundance Film Festival

We can't mention Park City without mentioning the 2014 Sundance Film Festival to be held January 16-26. If you plan your stay during this time, you might get to mingle with a celebrity or two, and are sure to see some excellent new independent films. Try to get your tickets in advance, but maybe the concierge at the resort can pull some strings for you!

What Travelers Say About Westgate Park City Resort and Spa 

"Spacious and upscale" rooms
Review from RedWeek member Loren62:
 "Fabulous! We just returned from staying in a 2Br, 2br that slept 8 perfectly and could have accommodated 2 more. Spacious and upscale. We were just steps away from the gondola and the Westgate delivered our skis directly to the gondola every morning. They provided daily towel service and cleaning in all areas including kitchen and bathrooms. Their locker service is convenient. Pool, hot tubs and game room were a thrill everyday after skiing.The onsite restaurant was phenomenal and had a great wine selection. We would definitely stay again!" (Family of 4 adults, 2 teens and 2 pre-teens.)

Read more reviews & check out the rentals at Westgate Park City Resort & Spa, currently starting at just $114/night USD!
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Friday, November 01, 2013

Top 5 Things to Do in West Yellowstone, MT

 There are three different National Forests that surround West Yellowstone: the Gallatin, Targhee, and Beaverhead. These forests offer sweeping vista views, high mountain meadows, and glassy lakes and rivers all along an extensive trail system, which feature guides in the winter months to show you around "Big Sky" country. Stay in a West Yellowstone timeshare and explore the top 5 things to do in West Yellowstone, MT:

1. Get Snow Bound: West Yellowstone in the winter is best enjoyed on a guided snowmobile tour. Travel across Montana's winter wonderland and discover Yellowstone's wildlife, hot pools, and piping hot geysers. If you prefer to stay warm and explore you can hop inside a snowcoach tour. Web: Rendezvous Snowmobile Rentals. Location: 415 Yellowstone Avenue, West Yellowstone, MT.

2. Explore Sledding: Once a year in December the Rodeo Run features Montana's fastest dogs in a sled-dog race. You can also sign up and experience the thrill of driving a sled-dog team. Husky Power features guided sled dog tours that will take you through the West Yellowstone Montana wilderness in powerful style. Insider Tip: The adventure is a hit with kids. Web: Sled Dog Tours. Location: Spur Road, Big Sky, MT.

3. Go Nordic: The Rendezvous Ski Trails comprise 35 kilometers of well-groomed trails that meander through spacious open meadows, a Nordic skier's dream. The trail system is located on U.S. Forest Service land and the seven groomed trails are great for hiking or mountain biking on in the warmer months. Wildlife you could encounter on the trail (depending on the time of year) include: elk, moose, and even bears (stay alert!). Insider Tip: Trail passes are required and can be purchased at the trailhead. Web: Rendezvous Ski Trails. Location: Corner of Obsidian Avenue and Geyser Street, West Yellowstone, MT.

4. Discover IMAX: Most locals on rainy days or when the park is closed head over the the West Yellowstone IMAX to catch the latest show. A wonderful indoor adventure year round. The IMAX features a six-story screen with 12,000 watts of surround sound stereo. There is even a fun gift shop inside. Web: West Yellowstone IMAX. Location: 101 South Canyon Street, West Yellowstone, MT.

5. Take a Dip: Montana's Norris Hot Springs are a geothermal wonder. A soak in the natural hot spring is a great way to end a day. Locals love this place and on the weekends you'll get to hear live music while you soak. The natural hot water fills and drains daily so it's nice and fresh for everyone. Insider Tip: While in the area you are just minutes away from the famed Lewis and Clark Caverns. Web: Norris Hot Springs. Location: Rr 84 Norris, MT.

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