Monday, June 30, 2014

Picking the Perfect Hawaiian Island

When the average traveler thinks of Hawaii, sandy beaches, palm trees and warm ocean water might spring to mind. While Hawaii is most certainly a tropical paradise, it's so much more than just pretty beaches - six islands packed with their own personality up Hawaii. Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and Hawaii (or "Big"!)  Island all have their own charm and local attractions that set them apart from one another. Which island is perfect pick for your tropical getaway? Read on!

Kauai

Kauai lies perched at the top of Hawaiian island chain, slightly set apart from other islands. Renowned for a fierce and natural beauty, Kauai has a distinctly adventurous vibe to it - Napali Coast is marked by majestic sea cliffs, while a glimpse of Waimea Canyon (or the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific") will take your breath away. Souls who flourish when immersed in the beauty of nature will feel at home among the wild, dramatic atmosphere of Kauai.

Oahu

Home to the state capitol of Honolulu, Oahu is very much the cultural heart of Hawaii. Those who prefer more urban experiences will find no shortage of unique, authentic dining and shopping experiences. If culture is what you're after, check out the Chinatown Art Walk in Honolulu, or the historic Iolani Palace. Oahu is also nothing short of a surfer's paradise - catch lessons on Waikiki Beach or tackle the biggest waves at North Shore. Oahu is fantastic for families with diverse interests who might prefer the big-city comfort.

Molokai

Of all the Hawaiian islands, Molokai has stayed truest to its roots - the island spirit is thick in the air. Kaunakakai is a small harbor town off the southern coasts where fisherman and farmers showcase their hauls. Halawa Valley is an ancient Polynesian site of worship ringed with majestic waterfalls and lush groves, making it the perfect retreat when you're in need of some tranquility. If you're seeking escape back to a quieter, more peaceful time, Molokai is the perfect island for you!

Lanai

Entirely devoid of traffic lights and lacking the crowds of the other Hawaiian islands, Lanai is all about quiet luxury and romance. Keahiakawelo - known as the Garden of the Gods - allows for an utterly surreal hiking experience, while sunset at Hulopoe Bay (one of America's best beaches!) is one of the most romantic experiences that Hawaii can offer. Couples seeking a romantic retreat will find no better option than Lanai.

Maui

While Maui might be known as the "Valley Island", most vacationers know it by its shimmering beaches. Indeed, Maui calls itself home to over thirty miles of beaches and some prime spots for windsurfing, beachcombing, surfing and snorkeling. In the winter, Maui boasts some of the best whale watching opportunities in Lahaina. For breathtaking island scenery, consider driving the winding road to the remote town of Hana. If you're looking for classic island scenery and beachside fun, Maui is where you'll want to be!

Hawaii Island

More commonly known as the "Big Island", Hawaii Island is the southernmost in the chain and is larger than the other five combined! Hawaii Island makes good use of its space with every sort of scenery from snow-capped mountains to rain forests. If you've always had an itch to explore a volcano, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park offers you the opportunity. The calm and clear waters of Kona offer a more tranquil experience and are ideal for snorkeling and dolphin watching. For a taste of everything Hawaii has to offer, look into vacationing on Big Island!


Have you had the opportunity to experience one of the Hawaiian islands? Let us know and share your story! Also, you can check out GoHawaii.com to learn more about each island and all their best-kept secrets.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Top 5 Things to Do in July 2014

July is the month we celebrate our nation's independence. There are several other fun July events going on around the United States. On your next timeshare rental check out one of these fun events:

1. Boston Harborfest (July 2-6): This five-day long Fourth of July Festival features the colonial and maritime heritage of the American Revolution in historic Boston. There are more than 200 daily events during the festival in downtown historic Boston and the waterfront districts including reenactments, concerts, tours, and even a Chowderfest.
Web: Boston Harborfest

2. San Diego Symphony’s Summer Pops Concerts (July 4 - Labor Day): If you are in the San Diego area head on over to Embarcadero Marina Park South along the San Diego Bay for 10 weeks of concerts featuring the San Diego Symphony (pictured). Special singing guests join in with the symphony and there's even a concert/screening of Disney's Fantasia.
Web: San Diego Symphony’s Summer Pops 

3. North Carolina, Spruce Pine BBQ Championship & Bluegrass Festival (July 18-19): If you've never been to a BBQ competition don't miss this one. From a wings contest to public tastings and a cornhole tournament there is something here for the whole family. Enjoy bluegrass music, clogging team events, crafts, and there's even a 5K fun run.
Web: Spruce Pine BBQ Championship & Bluegrass Festival

4. Nashville Gala of The Royal Horses (July 19): If you haven't heard the news, for the first time ever riding Master Rene Gasser is bringing his world-renowned equestrian tour to North America. One of the stops will be in Nashiville, TN. The Gala of The Royal Horses will feature a number of performances involving the Andalusian, Friesian, Lipizzaner and Arabian breeds.
Web: Gala of The Royal Horses (more locations here)

5. Colorado Grand Mesa Moose Day (July 26): Literally pack a picnic for this event, plop your family down and from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm be dazzled by moose. Their size, their attitudes, and their habits will be on display and you'll even learn about moose biology. This is the closest most people will get to moose in their entire life. And the best part is this family-friendly event is free.
Web: Colorado Grand Mesa Moose Day

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Photo: San Diego Convention Center

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Protect Yourself From Timeshare Rental Fraud

The timeshare market can be an invaluable asset for many vacationers - by-owner rentals allow travelers to experience some of the best resorts and locations for only a fraction of the price. However, caution must be exercised when renting from individuals. While most rentals are maintained by legitimate owners, the occasional scammer can arise with less-than-pure intentions. Wondering how to protect yourself from these shady individuals? We're here to help!

1. Take a good look at the rental

If it looks far too good to be true, it probably is! Many owners who find that they can't use their weeks will price them enticingly enough to draw in interest, but even most of these rentals are priced so the owner can  at least recoup their maintenance fees. A low price isn't a surefire indicator that a particular rental is a scam, but if a week at your favorite resort generally is priced at $1,000 and you see that same week at $400, you'll want to tread carefully!

2. Verify ownership with the resort

In many cases, resorts are more than happy to verify whether a particular individual is an owner at the  resort and if they own the advertised unit. While most resorts will confirm ownership, some will not in order to protect the privacy of their owners. If you're looking at renting from a private broker or real estate agent instead of an owner, you can ask for references from prior renters or verify their business with the Better Business Bureau or through a resource like ARELLO. Any legitimate business will have no problem with you taking the steps you need to feel safe.

3. Use a licensed escrow service to facilitate the transfer for you

A reliable, third-party escrow service ensures that both parties end up with what was promised and eliminates any fear of fraud. An escrow service coordinates the payment and confirmation process and allows both owner and renter peace of mind. We recommend the services of the First American Title Company, but any service that you trust is worth the extra investment! 

4. Use a rental agreement

If you choose to conduct a private transaction without the aid of an escrow service, we highly recommend instating a rental agreement. A rental agreement outlines the terms of a rental, and it is considered a legal document. Should any disputes arise, a rental agreement in place clearly states the expectations for both parties and thus enables legal action if the need arises. RedWeek offers a sample rental agreement that members are free to edit and use.

5. Choose payment method carefully

The payment method you choose is partially reliant on the owner. However, there are some methods you should steer clear of. Wiring money, in particular, is dangerous and is the method of choice for most scammers. Before agreeing to payment, be sure to check out our list of payment methods that includes the pros and cons of each method so you know what to expect and how to protect yourself.

6. Check with us first

If a posting on RedWeek catches your eye but you feel a little uneasy, let us know! Just send us an email at support@redweek.com with either the member's email address or the posting number and we'll be happy to take a look at their account for you. While we can never vouch for the legitimacy of any member, we'll let you know if they have any complaints or suspicious history. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Plan Your Mountain Retreat at One of These Top Resorts!

There's just something about the mountains - vast and unexplored, majestic and garnering the awe of people since the dawn of time. We love the mountains, and it's no surprise that some of the most extravagant retreats are tucked away among familiar ranges. If you're looking for a luxurious trip that's also packed with adventure and the majesty of nature, consider one of these breathtaking, top-rated mountain resorts!

Marriott's Grand Residence Club, Lake Tahoe - South Lake Tahoe

Marriott's Grand Residence locations are rightfully regarded as luxuriant experiences, and the Lake Tahoe location certainly doesn't disappoint. Tucked away at the base of a mountain dubbed Heavenly, the Grand Residence Club at Lake Tahoe melds the comfort of a posh resort with the charm of a mountain village. With immediate access to the mountain as well as a mere walk away from Tahoe beaches and nightlife, Marriott's Grand Residence at Lake Tahoe assures a convenient stay no matter what pursuits might have brought you to the famed mountainside retreat.


Hyatt High Sierra Lodge - Incline Village

Nestled in a grove of towering evergreens lies Hyatt's breathtaking Incline Village resort. Whereas our previous choice lay at the southern shore of Lake Tahoe, the Hyatt High Sierra Lodge is situated at the north shore of the lake where the atmosphere is a bit less alpine, surprisingly. The rooms are undeniably lavish - spa tubs and fireplaces! - and the property itself is laden with activities, including a private beach right on the shore of Lake Tahoe and watersports rentals. For a taste of relaxed lakeside living, the Hyatt High Sierra Lodge is your choice.


Grand Lodge on Peak 7 - Breckenridge

Peak 7 is a name well-known to avid skiers, but the Grand Lodge is not just a winter location! While the skiing is fantastic (slope-side ski-in, ski-out!), Breckenridge is also a gorgeous summer retreat with plenty of hiking, biking, rafting and horseback riding. Whether you're staying in the summer or the winter, Grand Lodge on Peak 7 is perfectly outfitted for whatever activities beckon. Polished yet
rustic, lavish but classic, Grand Lodge on peak 7 captures the mountain lodge spirit while remaining one of Breckenridge's most desired locales.

The Ritz-Carlton Club Vail - Vail

The name Ritz-Carlton is associated with the height of luxury, and you can be assured nothing less at this Vail-based retreat. Everything you need to make the most out of your alpine getaway is there... There's on-site spa services, heated pools and hot tubs, a communal firepit and access to some of Vail's best skiing and golfing opportunities. If exploring Vail Village is on your agenda, there's no need to sweat it - the resort provides complimentary transportation to and from the Village!


Smuggler's Notch Resort - Smuggler's Notch

The lower-key, sweeping Appalachians might not be the first location that springs to mind when you envision mountains, but Vermont's Green Mountains make a picturesque backdrop for hiking, skiing and swimming. Smuggler's Notch it and of itself is a gorgeous resort boasting a warm and lodgey vibe but the real allure lies in the activities provided. The grounds of Smuggler's Notch play host to boundless outdoor activities from miniature golf in the summer to even dogsledding in the winter!


Of course, these are just RedWeek's top picks. If you have a favorite mountain getaway that you feel deserves a spot on the list, let us know in the comments!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Top 5 Day Hikes

It's time to enjoy the great outdoors! On your next timeshare rental lace up your hiking boots and head out onto one of these day hike trails:


1. Angel Rocks: This trail is family-friendly! It's a 3.5-mile roundtrip hike in the Chena River Recreation Area near Fairbanks, AK. Since summer offers extended hours you can get in a loop late in the day. Locals will tell you that the animals in the area come alive at night too.
Web: Angel Rocks Trail

2. Brewster Mudflats: Bring a pail, put on water shoes, and hike out to the mud flats near the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster, MA. This hike is not like other hikes you've been on. Prepare to get muddy. Kids love this hike!
Web: Brewster Mudflats

3. Falls Creek: If you are looking for a strenuous hike then the 6.1-mile Falls Creek Trail in South Carolina is for you. This hike will treat you to rocky switchbacks, uphill climbing, and onward to the entrance of Jones Gap State Park. Overall you will gain 1,700 feet of elevation. Best part: The waterfall.
Web: Falls Creek Trail

4. Rocky Top: If you are in the North Carolina and Tennessee areas you can't go wrong with a day hike in the Great Smoky Mountains (pictured). If you want to see the famous Rock Top of country music fame take the 13.9-mile roundtrip Lead Cove Trail to Bote Mountain. Here you will have panoramic views of the Smokies.
Web: Rocky Top

5. Angel's Landing: Head to Zion National Park in Utah for a 5-mile roundtrip hike in the Zion Canyon known as Angel's Landing (roundtrip you will gain 1,488 feet). Start at the shuttle stop for the Grotto picnic area and take the West Rim Trail through 21 switchbacks (known as Walter's Wiggles) and head up to Refrigerator Canyon. Snap some photos at the lookout and then continue on the last half mile which is known to get hairy.
Web: Angel's Landing

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Photo: Knox News

Monday, June 16, 2014

All You Need to Know About Timeshare Tours

Timeshare tours have something of a reputation in the industry - and it's not always a good one. Pushy salespeople and underhanded tactics are the expectation, but timeshare tours don't have to be a cringe-inducing nightmare; they can also be a fantastic learning experience, and a way to get a feel for the resort before taking the plunge.

Most timeshare tours tend to be pretty straightforward, and run anywhere from seventy minutes to about two hours. After being tempted in by perks and gifts, you'll likely sit through a small presentation that may or may not include other participants. You'll learn a bit about the company, the resorts and how their ownership operates. Many times, this part is made to be as comfortable as possible - snacks and drinks might be set out, and the atmosphere is very informal. Informational packets, books and pamphlets are typically distributed.

The tour itself is very much the "hook". Participants are led around the property and shown the highlights, as well as model units that mimic the resort's available units. Two bedroom units tend to be the standard - a single two bedroom lock-off unit can also used to paint a picture of a standard studio unit as well as a one bedroom unit. You are usually free to wander about and get a feel for the unit.

There's one final step to the standard tour as participants are led from the model units back to the presentation room. This is where timeshare tours tend to get their bad rap. While many of the larger and well-regarded resort developers are gentler in their approach, smaller resorts might get very pushy in trying to hook buyers. Of course, the guides can't make you purchase anything, and this it the point where participants will want to ask any questions they might have before making a retreat. A polite but firm explanation can go a long way - you'll think about it after your vacation or perhaps you need to discuss it with your family. Any refusal will likely be met with resistance, but you need to stick to your guns.

If you're not aware of how the timeshare industry operates, it's easy to get caught up in the hype of the tours. After all, the tour guide explains, this single purchase can change how you vacation, and you'll be able to visit resort all around the world! Before taking the plunge and signing those papers, be sure to do your own research. Timeshare resales can often be purchased at a mere fraction of the price, and owners are inclined to be much more honest about what the ownership entails. Some ownership programs, however, do offer extra perks and incentives for those who purchase directly from them, and it's certainly worth researching these to see if they're worth the premium for your family.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Top 5 Places to Float a Boat

Looking for something to do on your summer vacation? Stay in a timeshare and rent a boat and enjoy a day out on the water with your family and friends. Here are our top 5 cities to float a boat:

1. Seattle, Washington: Seattle is an ideal boating lifestyle (pictured). From the San Juan Islands in the north to Olympia in the south boaters are surrounded by scenic beauty. On clear days watch for the Olympic and Cascade Mountains framing the waterlines and if you're lucky Mount Rainier will show it's snow-capped ridges. Boaters also flock to Lake Union and Lake Washington for quick day trips around the area.
Where to rent a boat: Northwest Boat Rentals

2. San Diego, California: Mission Bay is known for floating boats and floating cookouts. Locals cruise out to Catalina Island for a day of bike riding. As you boat keep an eye out for Coronado Island and then look back and view the San Diego skyline.
Where to rent a boat: Mission Bay Sport Center

3. Austin, Texas: Eighty-five miles northwest of Austin is known as the Highland Lakes area of Texas. The area features six lakes that are perfect for boating and fishing. The two most popular lakes are Lake Austin (for skiing and wakeboarding) and Lake Travis (for big boats). Did you know that there are more than a dozen marinas on Lake Travis alone?
Where to rent a boat: Lake Travis Boats

4. Tampa Bay, Florida: This area averages 361 days of sunshine a year. A perfect place to float a boat and fish! Head to the Tampa Bay area near the Gulf of Mexico or to the St. Petersburg / Clearwater area for a day of boating fun. There you will discover hundreds of miles of well-marked waterways, dozens of marinas, and even waterfront restaurants.
Where to rent a boat: Tampa Bay Boats

5. Finger Lakes, New York: The Finger Lakes area includes Seneca Lake which hosts trout derbies (fun for kids!), Canandaigua Lake offers day cruises (for those who want to explore), and Cayuga Lake features at anchor picnics (for those who want to dine in nature). There are 11 lakes total in the area and all are beautiful and serene for boating.
Where to rent a boat: Finger Lake Boats


Photo Credit: CopyStrands

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Tips and Tricks for a Smooth Summer Road Trip!

The weather's at its most beautiful, the kids are out of school and you're considering embarking on a road trip this summer. The allure is evident - driving across the country can be substantially more affordable than airfare, and the journey by car gives a much more real sense of adventure. Whether you have an end-destination in mind or you're just out to explore, we've got some tips to ensure a smooth and stress-free road trip.

1. Make sure that your car's in tip-top shape

Sure, it might seem obvious, but one small oversight can run the most well-planned road trip into the ground. Before setting out, make sure your car gets a fresh change of oil and the fluids are topped off. Check your tires, and know how to change one should the need arise. Racking up all those miles can be rough on even the most dependable car, and knowing some basic how-to can be your savior just in case!

2. Join a roadside assistance service

Let's say that the worst does happen - you run into car trouble that's beyond your level of expertise. Being trapped outside hundreds of miles away from home is daunting, but having a roadside assistance service ready at your call ensures help is always within reach. While chances are that you'll be safe having followed our first tip, it's always better to be safe!

3. Keep a phone card on hand

Cellular networks grow larger every year, but some areas - especially those gorgeous, untouched stretches of nature we love to admire - offer spotty reception at best, and that's not a chance you want to take on the road. While phone cards might feel archaic, supplementing your cell phone with one will be fantastic insurance should you run into a patch where you need to make a call but your trusty cell phone falls short.

4. Make sure all your documents are up-to-date

While packing the family's essentials, be sure to take a peek in the glovebox. Sometimes the essentials can be deceptively easy to overlook - make sure you've got your most up-to-date insurance card as well as any and all registration. In the process, you'll also want to make sure you clear any tickets you might have received - being caught with those on your record could spell an end to your perfectly planned-out trip!

5. Bring a paper map along for the ride

Paper maps might not be as flashy as GPS devices or even your phone's map app, but it's definitely a great idea to bring one along. While technology is great, it is prone to hiccups and you certainly won't have to worry about your paper map's service signal or its battery dying. A physical map also allows for a much larger, wide-scale view of an area, and makes planning routes and detours less clumsy.

6. Keep your gadgets juiced up

Where we go, our technology certainly seems to follow. Before setting out, it's certainly worth it to invest in some ways to keep your phones, tablets, cameras, laptops and DVD players all charged up. Rechargable, portable power sources are easy to transport and are great for fueling smaller gadgets with extra power. For the larger items, consider picking up a universal car inverter. They might be a bit pricy, but you'll be thankful once you're on the road!

7. Anticipate other traffic

Chances are you've mapped out your route in advance, but be sure to think things over before heading out. There are plenty of sneaky trouble spots on the road that can throw a wrench in your plans. For example, bridges are a common culprit - trying to cross during rush hour or on busy weekends can be a nightmare. The same goes for major construction; try to anticipate where you'll be and when, and you can spare yourself a headache later on!

Monday, June 09, 2014

The Great Dilemma - Buying a Timeshare for Use or for Trade?

While buying into a timeshare might seem like a simple premise, the process deserves quite a bit of thought. New, soon-to-be owners in particular are confronted with a collection of questions that
deserve some major consideration. One among them is the question whether to buy at a resort where you intend to vacation every year or to buy into a resort that offers the most potential trading power.

The advantages of buying at your favorite resort are numerous. The security of being assured a consistent week at one of your favorite vacation spots is great, and makes for very reliable vacation planning. Your unit size and type is generally guaranteed, and very ideal when you expect to be traveling with larger groups. When you buy at your favorite resort, you know what you're getting, and you know that you'll have a great experience, like you always have.

Buying into a resort for trading power is a bit more complicated, and involves a bit of gambling. Many owners who take this route begin by hunting for bargain-priced resales, typically belonging to one of the big-name resort developers and affiliated with a major exchange company. While the new owner might not have any interest in the resort they've bought into, they're aware of the resort's "trading power" among exchange companies and will exchange into the locations that they are interested in.

As one might imagine, this can be risky - there's no guarantee that you'll be able to exchange into the particular location you desire. New owners will also need to have a strong knowledge of the resort they're buying into as well as the demand of the locations they'll want to consider. However, a smart owner who understands the demands of market can use their new resale to exchange into any number of resorts - imagine being able to visit a new location each and every year!

Ultimately, the decision depends on whether you're looking for security or flexibility, as well as your experience with timeshares and the market. Someone looking to just break into the world of timeshares is quite likely better served by selecting a resort that appeals to the interests of their families - somewhere you can visiting. After all, there's no reason that you can't choose to exchange or rent out your week for some extra cash if you're craving a change a pace. However, the seasoned owner desiring even more options might very well be served by checking out some resales for trading power. 

Friday, June 06, 2014

Top 5 Things to Do this Summer

Looking for something different to do this summer with your family? On your next timeshare rental keep an eye out for one of these perfect summer adventures around America.

1. Eat at a True Lobster Shack: Tucked away in Maine is a remote shack overlooking Round Pond Harbor near the Pemaquid Lighthouse. The Round Pond Lobstermen's Co-op features fresh lobster, steamers, and corn-on-the-cob. While you dine you are treated to a front row seat to fisherman in the area bringing in their daily catch.

2. Drive Down the Pacific Coast Highway: Start in LA and hop on California State Route 1 and drive toward San Francisco (or reverse the route). Be sure to stop at the cute towns along the way including Carmel-by-the-Sea, San Simeon (home of Hearst Castle), and Big Sur. Bring a camera as there are several spots you can pull over and snap a pic of the beautiful coastline. Insider tip: Keep an eye out for sea lions!

3. Enjoy the Cape Cod Beach: Your reward if you go is endless sandy beaches. The sand dunes frame the area and the Sandwich Town Beach features a walkover swampland. This beach is perfect for scuba diving (with its clay reef) and features ship wreckage and sea life. The boardwalk offers a great place to stretch your legs.

4. Watch a Drive-in Movie: Yes, you can still watch movies at the drive-in. Load up the family, pack some snacks, and head out to a drive-in movie in the area. The site outlines state-by-state which drive-ins are still open in our great United States. There's nothing like kicking back to a slower time.

5. Cycle Across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco: If you are in the Bay Area be sure to rent a bike and cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge. After your ride enjoy a fresh fish meal at Fisherman's Wharf. If you are feeling brave you can also take a night tour to Alcatraz.

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Photo Credit: CopyStrands

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

All About the Music - Summer's Biggest Music Festivals!

Music festivals are a staple of summertime fun - it's the perfect occasion to eat, drink and be merry under the summer sun, all to the beat of your favorite bands and musicians. Many festivals are based in areas with plenty of other attractions and entertainment, making it the perfect excuse to escape for a week. Curious about some of the events going down this summer? We've assembled a quick rundown of some of 2014's best festivals for any taste in music!

CMA Music Festival - June 5th-18th

Fittingly held in Nashville, Tennessee, the CMA Music Festival is must-see event for any country music lover. Eleven stages house over 450 performances, including big names in the country music scene like Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban. Attendees can also look forward to plenty of activities - artist signings and meet and greets, kids activities and even celebrity guitar auctions for the truly dedicated!

Governors Ball - June 6th-8th

New York City calls itself home to the Governors Ball. The three-day event boasts a distinctly indie-rock vibe this year with performers like Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Foster the People and Empire of the Sun. The grounds are loaded with plenty of ways to keep you entertained as you listen - face and body painting, lawn games, art exhibitions and an array of local food to sample!

Electric Daisy Carnival - June 20th-22nd

Hosted in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Electric Daisy Carnival (or, more commonly, EDC) is a surreal foray into the world of electronic dance music. Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki, Avicii and Tiesto are just a few of the names backing the impressive lineup. Perhaps even more impressive is the EDC grounds themselves; the entire landscape is hyper-sensory and boasts glowing, glittering structures and art, as well as theatrical troops to entertain attendees and even carnival rides located right on the grounds.

Newport Folk Festival - July 25th-27th

Newport, Rhode Island is the namesake of this folk-centric festival. The grounds and their four stages lie right up against Newport Harbor, offering an uncontested view of the East Passage and Newport Bridge. Major folk names heading the lineup are Band of Horses, Reignwolf, Jeff Tweedy and Jenny lewis. The Newport Folk Festival will also feature local food as well as crafts and art exhibitions.

Newport Jazz Festival - August 1st-3rd

Also based in Newport the Newport Jazz Festival makes its home at Newport's Fort Adams. Three stages and over fourty-five captivating jazz acts make this the ultimate haven for jazz fans. Artists such as Iyer, Dr. John, Coltrane and Trombone Short and Orleans Avenue will grace the stage. Just like the Newport Folk Festival one week prior, attendees can look forward to plenty of great food and unique crafts vendors. 

Outside Lands - August 8th-10th

The Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California is Outside Lands' base of operations. Unlike many music festivals, Outside Lands doesn't confine itself to one genre; an eclectic array of artists are scheduled to perform, including The Killers, Kanye West, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Arctic Monkeys. There's also a particularly heavy focus on food and drink at Outside Lands. Separate Wine Lands and Beer Lands offer plenty of tasting opportunities, while the Taste of the Bay Area program allows for sampling of local fare.


Are any summer music festivals on your calendar this summer? Feel free to share your plans or past experiences with us in the comments!

Photo Credit: http://www.electricdaisycarnival.com

Monday, June 02, 2014

RedWeek Members' Favorite Beach Resorts

Marriott's Maui Ocean Club tops the list as RedWeek
members' favorite beach resort!
Summer is synonymous with beaches; there's no better time to soak up the sun's rays, dip your toes into the sea and indulge in some quality relax and relaxation. Luckily, there's an absolute ton of resorts out there that cater to the beach-loving spirit. To celebrate summer and lazy days spent on the shore, we've compiled a list of RedWeek members' favorite beach resorts!

  1. Marriott's Maui Ocean Club (including the Lahaina and Napili Villas) - Lahaina, Hawaii
  2. Marriott's Aruba Surf Club - Palm Beach, Aruba
  3. Marriott's Ko Olina Beach Resort - Kapolei, Hawaii
  4. Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club - Palm Beach, Aruba
  5. Marriott's Newport Coast Villas - Newport Coast, California
  6. The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas - Lahaina, Hawaii
  7. Costa Linda Beach Resort - Oranjestad, Aruba
  8. Marriott's Grande Ocean - Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
  9. Hilton Grand Vacations Club (HGVC) at Hilton Hawaiian Village - Honolulu, Hawaii
  10. Marriott's OceanWatch Villas at Grande Dunes - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  11. Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club - Koloa, Hawaii
  12. Marriott's Ocean Pointe - Palm Beach Shores, Florida
  13. The Royal Sands - Cancun, Mexico
  14. Playa Linda Beach Resort - Oranjestad, Aruba
  15. The Westin St. John - Virgin Grand Villas - Cruz Bay, St. John (USVI)
  16. Kaanapali Beach Club - Lahaina, Hawaii
We see an abundance of certain properties - such as Marriott resorts and properties in Hawaii. However, this list only indicates popularity among RedWeek users and might not necessarily include some of the smaller, equally exquisite resorts out there. Is there a particular beachside resort you always tend to find yourself at? Any other picks you believe deserve a shoutout? Let us know in the comments!