Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Timeshare Rescission: What you Need to Know

Rescission - that's a word you need to know if you're considering buying a timeshare. The definition of Rescission is "The cancellation or annulment of a transaction or contract by mutual consent or by law."

Why is this word important to you? If you're experiencing "buyer's remorse" this morning after waking up and realizing that yesterday you were at a developer's timeshare presentation and, with vacation stars dancing in your head, bought a timeshare that, now seen by the light of day, you clearly cannot afford - never fear - Rescission is here.

The purchase contract you signed with the developer should have a "Rescind Policy," and thankfully you can exit that expensive contract. If you don't find a rescind policy in the contract, every state also has a Rescission law which protects you. The rescission period will generally be between 3 and 10 days, depending on the jurisdiction where you bought the timeshare.

If you've done your research and have learned that purchasing a timeshare by resale is really the best way to go - you deal directly with the current owner, the cost is minimal compared to buying from a developer, and the entire transaction can be a much simpler process - are you still protected by a rescind policy?

In a word, yes. And it goes back to that state law. Since so many timeshares, and thus resales, are in Florida, we'll use that state's rescind clause as our example. The portion of the clause that we're interested in here relates to resale contracts and individuals who have purchased a timeshare for their own use who are now reselling (and not classified as a developer in any way).

It states that every resale contract must have conspicuous wording that notes that anyone signing it can cancel within 10 days after signing (Florida Statutes – timing could be different in other states).

The clause in the Florida state law says, in part, "You may cancel this contract without any penalty or obligation within 10 days after the date you sign this contract. Any attempt to waive your cancellation right is void and of no effect."

In other words - if you sign a contract with a reseller to purchase their timeshare, the reseller must give you 10 days (in Florida) to change your mind. If you change your mind but don't notify the seller in writing and send that to the address outlined in the contract within that time period, the seller has the right to go after you for the money to which you agreed in the contract.

The rescission period also protects the seller. If you have not proceeded with the transaction by the time the rescission period is up (10 days in our Florida example), the owner can put the timeshare back on the market.

Monday, May 30, 2011

It's a Guy Thing - Top 5 Memorial Day Picks Especially for the Men in the Family

Often Memorial Day is thought of as the holiday where men come into their own - grilling, sports, getting a start on an active, fun-filled summer. Along those lines, the website, askmen, has come up with its Top 5 picks for great Memorial Day vacation destinations and activities that the men of the family are sure to enjoy. Rent a timeshare and start celebrating summer!

  1. Newport, Rhode Island. This tiny state offers rugged beaches, sailing regattas, summer festivals, and the International Tennis Hall of Fame which has enshrined 186 inductees since 1954. You can also take a break to tour the 70-room "The Breakers," once the summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II, and one of several impressive Newport mansions from the Golden Era that are open to the public. Check out Rhode Island timeshare rentals.

  2. Palm Springs, California. Once known as the "Playground of the Stars," this resort area is pristine this time of year, the warm desert floor surrounded as it is with beautiful snow-capped peaks. For lovers of golf there's no better place to go for Memorial Day - here you have an astounding 80 public golf courses from which to choose. Check out Palm Springs timeshare rentals.

  3. Burlington, Vermont. Well, first of all, of course, this is home to Ben & Jerry's. The legendary ice cream company offers daily tours of its famous factory, and includes a sample of Cherry Garcia. Then you can watch baseball the way it should be, the old-fashioned way, up close and personal, as you root for the the Vermont Lake Monsters in historic Centennial Field, located on the campus of the University of Vermont. The park is one of the oldest still in use in professional baseball. Check out Vermont timeshare rentals.

  4. Sedona, Arizona. Sedona's breathtaking mountain vistas and red rock formations offer plenty of outdoor activities to keep you happily busy on your Memorial Day vacation. Choose from hiking, biking, the natural waterpark of Slide Rock State Park, or even big-game watching at the Out of Africa Wildlife. Check out Sedona timeshare rentals.

  5. Lake Tahoe, Nevada/California. This gigantic freshwater alpine lake is one of the most popular Memorial Day vacation destinations in the country, thanks to its unsurpassed hiking, mountain biking, and boating opportunities. From yachting to parasailing to windsurfing, there's plenty to do out on the lake. If you prefer to stay dry, try the hundreds of miles of spectacular backcountry hiking and biking trails. A favorite is the Tahoe Rim Trail (see photo), a 165-mile path along the ridge of the Lake Tahoe Basin, offering dazzling views of the lake and surrounding mountain peaks. Oh, and of course - don't forget the gambling casinos on the Nevada side, including world-famous Harrah's. Check out Tahoe timeshare rentals.

(Photo Credit - bikecarson.com)

Friday, May 27, 2011

NEW! Timeshare Expert Webinar - Tips for Planning a Summer Timeshare Vacation

Lisa Ann Schreier, consumer advocate and RedWeek.com contractor, will host a free 60-minute webinar to discuss the benefits of timeshare for summer travelers.

Scheduled for Thursday, June 16, at 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, Lisa Ann will talk about the benefits of timeshare over a standard hotel room, and share with you her Top 5 Tips for securing a timeshare rental on RedWeek.com.

"Join me as I take you through the ins and outs of timeshares, and also the benefits of renting a timeshare for your summer escape," says Lisa Ann.

Register Here - Hurry, space is limited.

Webinar System Requirements Include:
PC-based attendees:
Windows 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macitosh-based attendees:
Mac OS X 10.4.11 (Tiger) or newer

Lisa Ann, along with the RedWeek executive team, will be available at the end of the webinar to answer your questions. You are welcome to e-mail your questions in advance to support@redweek.com

Lisa Ann Schreier is also known as The Timeshare Crusader and hosts a standing column in the RedWeek monthly e-newsletter which reaches more than 500,000 timeshare owners and travelers worldwide. In addition, RedWeek has created an Ask the Timeshare Crusader topic on our forums pages where you can interact directly with Lisa Ann.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

What is My Timeshare Worth?

The biggest question asked by timeshare owners trying to sell their timeshare is, “What is my timeshare worth?” Even the Wall Street Journal posted an article this month - in 3 parts - by Richard Marquette on "How to Discover the Expected Resale Value of a Timeshare."

As with the sale of any real property the market drives the price, but who has time to pull sales comps and evaluate resale data? If you are one of the millions who don’t, RedWeek.com has just the tool for you.

RedWeek.com, the largest online timeshare marketplace, has launched a free tool that gives owners concise information to help them estimate what their timeshare may be worth. This free tool gathers RedWeek.com resale data for any resort and shows owners the number of current resales posted, the median resale price, and the resale price range.

What could be simpler?

If resale prices aren’t what you expected and you decide to hold off on selling, renting is an option that more and more owners are choosing. But the same question remains, “what is my timeshare worth?” The free RedWeek.com tool also provides rental data: number of current rental postings, median rental price, and the rental price range.

“We are constantly looking at new and inventive ways to make life easier for the many timeshare owners out there,” said Maurice Aubrey, RedWeek president. “RedWeek.com is leading the industry in by-owner rentals and resales, and we feel our new estimator tool compliments those services.”

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Celebrate Memorial Day on a Beach - San Diego Style

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial Official start of Summer. The long winter is behind us and a summer of sun and fun stretches out ahead. What better place to celebrate Memorial Day and kick off summer vacationing than at the beach! And there's no better stretch of beautiful coastline than San Diego, California.

Rent a San Diego timeshare - and - Welcome to the Beach!

The San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau describes it this way: The beach is more than a boundary dividing land from sea, more than a place to swim or sunbathe. In San Diego, the beach is a way of life, a source of pride and joy, a defining influence in people's lives. Whether you're a first-time visitor or a frequent San Diego vacationer, we hope you have a memorable and carefree time enjoying our beaches.

There over 20 major beaches in the greater San Diego area. They are all types, and offer something for everyone.

The Silver Strand State Beach is a long slip of land with water on both sides - the Pacific Ocean on one and the San Diego Harbor on the other. This beach is popular with families with youngsters because of the relatively shallow and calm waters.

The Coronado Beach is listed by Travel Magazine as one of the most popular beaches in the entire country, and it's no wonder. Coronado Beach South is one of the widest beaches in San Diego County, and Coronado Beach North is excellent for surfers, popular for volleyball, and here dogs are allowed to run free.

Carlsbad State Beach
is popular for volleyball, Frisbee, board and body surfing, and offers picnic areas and fishing.

Imperial Beach is the southernmost beach in San Diego County, next to the Mexican border. It's best known for the U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition, and major surfing competitions are also held here.

Ocean Beach North is where to head if you're looking for some serious beach volleyball action, and next-door Pacific Beach offers a wide sandy beach, a boardwalk, bicycling and roller-skating.

Seascape Beach in Del Mar is popular with the Del Mar horse race crowd, and often you'll see the beautiful thoroughbred racehorses being exercised through the surf.

Fletcher Cove has cliffline access only, but is popular with beachcombers and shell collectors.

As you can see, San Diego beaches are the perfect Memorial Day beach destination. Some are beautiful State beaches that require a fee (but only minimal, such as $6 for parking), some allow dogs, some are scattered with fire-rings for night time fun, some are great for kite-flying, and all are perfect for relaxing with loved ones while watching a spectacular Memorial Day sunset.

Photo Credit top: dguides.com

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Memorial Day Travel: Kauai Polynesian Festival

The Kamanawa Foundation presents its 10th annual Kauai Polynesian Festival May 26-29, 2011. When you vacation with a Kauai, Hawaii, timeshare rental over Memorial Day weekend you can enjoy this fascinating Festival that will feature Tahitian, Maori, Samoan and Hawaiian entertainment, Polynesian arts and crafts, solo and group dance competitions, food booths, workshops, and much more.

The spectacular Opening Event "A Polynesian Evening of Stars", kicks off the festival on May 26 with an evening that includes the Polynesian Cultural Protocol Ceremony, traditional Hawaiian and contemporary entertainment, and a "South Sea Islands" fashion show.

The eagerly anticipated "U TINK U GET TALENT," a talent contest for youth and adult singers, dancers and musicians is a new addition to the May 25 Opening Event.

As the Festival continues through the weekend, other activities include "Celebrate a Polynesian Experience," a hands-on cultural crafts & dance activity. You'll learn weaving techniques using the fronds of the coconut and hala tree, how to husk a coconut, traditional fire making, and spear throwing. Pros will also teach you how to dance the hula, make a ti-leaf lei, and tie a pareau sarong Polynesian style.

The dance competitions that include categories for all ages are a crowd favorite. (see photos)

New Zealand Maori traditions will pump energy into the festival with the poi ball Dances of Aotearoa dance competition followed by the Na Kupuna Hula Auwana Group Competition and Keiki/Opio/Na Wahine solo and group Hula Kahiko competition.

A Tahitian Otea dance exhibition performance by the 2011 KPF House drummers and dancers will also be held, followed by Tahitian dance competition. And, of course, the wildly popular and exciting Fire Knife dance competition will also be held in various age categories ranging from just 6 years old to adult.

Sponsors of the Kauai Polynesian Festival offer a warm Hawaiian Aloha to all Kauai residents and visitors to attend. "Your participation will support cultural awareness for our youth today and generations to come. We hope to see you there!" exudes a Festival spokesperson.

(Photo credit - directoryofkauai.net)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Travel South for your Memorial Day Timeshare Vacation

Memorial Day is almost here, but you wouldn't know it with the cold rain-snow-hail weather that is still plaguing much of the country. The solution? Head South! Plan a timeshare rental vacation by taking a look at these Top Memorial Day Travel Destinations suggested by the editors at Southern Living magazine. Their suggestions also include the best place for shopping, and activity and sight-seeing ideas.

  1. Hilton Head Island, SC
    "Beautiful ocean views and a relaxed, take-it-easy atmosphere make Hilton Head the perfect Memorial Day Destination."

    What to Do: It's even easy to beat Memorial Day traffic woes on this getaway by renting a bicycle and making use of the 100 miles of cycling trails that criss-cross the island. Or rent a kayak and tour the South Carolina coast. Guided kayak tours come with paddling equipment, lessons, and, of course, the kayak.

    Where to Shop: The only enclosed shopping mall on the island, The Mall at Shelter Cove features all the big fashion names you could hope for from Talbots to Banana Republic, plus it has a fun nautically-themed children's play area.

    Take a look at these Hilton Head timeshare rentals.

  2. Gatlinburg, TN
    In this area you have Gatlinburg - the gateway to the Great Smokey Mountain National Park (so glorious in its spring blooming finery that its also called the Wildflower National Park) - and Pigeon Forge with exciting Dollywood.

    Where to Shop: Stop by the new shopping development of Walden's Landing on the main drag of Pigeon Forge. Designed in the style of an old town square, it offers tree-lined sidewalks, fountains, and benches, as well as 26 specialty shops and a 36-hole miniature golf course

    What to Do: Impressive Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies has the world's largest underwater aquarium tunnel, a 340-foot moving walkway that transports you under 700,000 gallons of water filled with swimming sharks.
    Check out timeshare rentals in the Gatlinburg area.

  3. The Florida Keys
    Just the name conjures up visions of "sun-drenched days, turquoise water, Jimmy Buffett songs, Key lime pie, and laid-back living." Take a trip to the southernmost point of the United States for a whiff of the Caribbean, a real taste of the good life.

    Where to Shop: The spectacular colors of the Keys always conjures up visions of art, so explore KW Light Gallery gallery in Key West, where Sharon Wells exhibits her famous colorful paintings and popular photographs of area houses and flowers.

    What to Do: Take a leisurely and inspiring tour of the mansion and gardens of the Ernest Hemingway Home &. Museum. The resident family of six-toed felines has become almost as famous as the home's owner himself.

    Take a look here at great timeshare rentals available in the Florida Keys.

(Hilton Head photo credit - ispythingsdc.com. Great Smokey Mountain National Park photo credit – tidingsspot.info. Florida Keys photo credit - stratosjets.com)

Friday, May 20, 2011

10 Easy Tips to Avoid a Timeshare Resale Scam

Timeshare resale scams are everywhere, and made the Better Business Bureau's (BBB) list of the top 10 scams and rip-offs in 2010. The BBB has seen a 40% increase in complaints, and the Federal Trade Commission says timeshare resale scams have tripled in the past two years.

BBB associates Roberta Namee and Mary Ann Redeker-Perez have put together the following 10 Tips on how you can avoid a timeshare resale scam.
  1. If a company or business approaches you about selling your timeshare - be skeptical.

  2. Don't agree to anything over the phone or online until you have had a chance to check out the reseller. Do a Google search for complaints.

  3. Ask the salesperson for all information in writing before you make any kind of agreement.

  4. Contact the state attorney general and local consumer protection agencies in the state where the reseller is located to see if any complaints are on file.

  5. Make sure the company has a verifiable physical address.

  6. Beware of companies that ask for a fee up front. Get refund policies and promises in writing.

  7. Ask if the company's agents are licensed to sell real estate where your timeshare is located, and verify it with the Real Estate Commission. Deal with only licensed real estate brokers and agents, and ask for references from satisfied clients.

  8. Find out how the company will promote and advertise your timeshare. Ask for regular progress reports.

  9. Be wary of a company that guarantees it can sell your timeshare for a profit. That's difficult to do even in a good economy. Timeshares generally depreciate in value and cannot be considered a "real estate investment."

  10. Do not, under any circumstances, let the salesperson push you into a quick agreement by telling you that if you delay (to take time for your research, etc.) you'll loose the buyer they already have lined up for you.

(Photo credit – slipperybrick.com)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Disney Vacation Club Joins with the Owner’s Locker

Owner's Locker - "The Purple Place to Store Your Vacation Stuff" - is joining with Disney Vacation Club to make your timeshare vacation even easier and more fun.

"I am very pleased to announce that we have signed a strategic agreement with Disney Vacation Club where they will market Owner’s Locker to DVC Members," said John Van Meter, Owner's Locker co-founder. "Now every DVC Member is going to learn what our members already know - that Owner’s Locker can take “welcome home” to a new level."

DVC’s marketing efforts began on May 6, 2011, by listing Owner’s Locker (OL) as a new “perk” on www.dvcmember.com. Owner's Locker will also show up soon in the Portable Perks brochure, being included in every check-in package at each Orlando DVC resort.

An article about OL will appear in the August Disney Files quarterly magazine mailed to all DVC Members and the two companies are working to spread the word about OL in other ways such as using Facebook, and participating in Welcome Home Wednesdays.

OL members are accustomed to seeing a purple van on runs throughout the day to various Orlando resorts. When you schedule a visit to a DVC resort in Orlando, you'll be giving Owner's Locker your estimated arrival time and departure time.

"As we have grown," said Van Meter, "we’ve learned that it just doesn’t make sense for there to be a delivery run in the morning and a pickup run in the afternoon. The purple van will be on the road most of the day and night, sometimes stopping at the same resort several times during the day."

Just what is Owner's Locker? "It is a company whose mission is to provide a dependable and convenient on-demand storage service to frequent visitors and vacation club owners, allowing members to fully experience their vacation club as a second home."

This is done by providing "lockers" which are large purple tubs with dividers and smaller organizers. In your "locker" you can store things that you frequently need at your timeshare, but don't want to have to pack in and out every time.

OL members have stored such diverse things as a cappuccino machine, pancake syrup, cooking spices, crayons and games for the kids, sunscreen, rubber bands, Q-tips, and clips for open potato chip bags. In other words, you can store all of the miscellany that you need to spend a week in a timeshare, and have it readily available the next time you visit - no packing, no fuss, no bother. And now Disney timeshare owners members can join in the fun!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wyndham Vacation Ownership and the Orlando Magic

The Orlando Magic and Wyndham Vacation Ownership signed a new, multi-year partnership deal in which Wyndham Vacation Club becomes the presenting sponsor for the children’s play area in the new Amway Center, home of the NBA team.

The play area will be called STUFF's Magic Castle presented by Club Wyndham, based on the Orlando Magic's "STUFF the Magic Dragon" mascot. The Magic Castle is a play area for kids from 2-12. Children can have their pictures taken here with STUFF pregame, or you can visit during the game so the kids can climb through STUFF's castle, play a game of STUFF, Dunk Like Dwight, shoot baskets, and test their memory skills by playing the match game (see photo).

Wyndham Vacation Ownership, a member of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies, is the world's largest vacation ownership business, and is headquartered in Orlando.

The Orlando Magic was founded in 1989 as an expansion franchise and has had such notable NBA stars as Shaquille O'Neal, Penny Hardaway, and Grant Hill. The franchise has been in the playoffs for more than half of its existence (13 playoff appearances in 22 years).

The Amway Center is the first new NBA arena to earn a gold certification from the non-profit U.S. Green Building Council, which encourages environmentally friendly practices during construction and once a building opens. Points are awarded from a lengthy checklist of green features.

Overall, there are 16 Wyndham Vacation Club resort located throughout Florida, including Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort in Lake Buena Vista where timeshare rentals start at $71/night; Star Island Resort in Kissimmee where timeshare rentals begin at just $85/night; and the Wyndham Ocean Walk Resort in Daytona Beach that starts timeshare rentals at $80/night.
(Photo credit - orlandosentinel.com)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Giving Back: RedWeek Helps the Homeless through Vision House Donation

RedWeek.com is a Legacy of Hope Sponsor of Vision House, a Seattle area non-profit organization who's mission is to "make a significant contribution to the community by reducing the number of homeless men, women and children in Washington State.

"Our Vision is to dramatically change the lives of the homeless by providing housing and services, enabling our residents to avoid homelessness, poverty and abuse in the future."

Giving back to its community, RedWeek.com, headquartered in Renton, WA, has donated $10K to support the work of Vision House.

“My wife and I have always believed that we should support our community, either through charitable donations or the donation of time and resources,” said Randy Conrads, RedWeek.com founder and CEO. “Vision House is amazing organization dedicated to helping men, women, and families who are without homes, food, or clothing. Their focus on helping the children of those families is heartwarming.”

The most significant event of the year for Vision House will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, with a luncheon at the Bellevue Hilton. While there is no charge for the lunch, guests are encouraged to give a donation, buy a table, or become a sponsor.

Vision House was started in 1990 to provide safe housing and services for homeless single mothers and their children, and separately for homeless single men recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.

The organization's goal is to meet the needs of suffering community members in practical ways: to coordinate successful re-integration of residents into the community through adequate housing, counseling, child care, food, clothing, education and vocational training, life skills development, employment, medical and dental care.

"Since our beginning, nearly 700 homeless men, women and children have benefited from our services," said a Vision House spokesperson. "We have an incredibly strong success rate - since 2002, 93% of the residents in our family program have transitioned to permanent housing, and 72% of the men in our men’s recovery program have transitioned to permanent housing."

Register your RSVP for the luncheon here.

RedWeek.com® is a timeshare marketplace, connecting timeshare owners with the traveling public. RedWeek.com supports a number of charities including Christel House International, Vine Maple Place; and Operation Homefront.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Plan your Timeshare Rental Fourth of July Vacation Now

Can't wait for Summer? Enjoy the planning of your timeshare rental Fourth of July vacation now.

The first holiday of summer, Independence Day, draws millions of people across the U.S. outdoors for picnics, parties, and fireworks. If you're looking for a real July 4 spectacle this year - and are itchin' for a road trip as well - check out some of these great timeshare resorts that are just steps from awe-inspiring fireworks displays.

From our May RedWeek.com Newsletter, here are three Fourth of July vacation destinations and timeshare rental resorts, along with some info on the July Fourth fireworks displays you'll be able to catch at each one:

  1. Beach Quarters Resort, Virginia Beach, VA, Virginia Beach, VA, is set in a breathtaking location, with prime fireworks viewing from your oceanfront balcony. Rentals start at $99/night. (Own for only $6,000.)

    The Virginia Beach web site offers this exciting description of their "Rockets in Flight" Fourth of July fireworks: "Let the patriotic pyrotechnics begin with a Virginia Beach fireworks spectacular. From the rockets’ red glare to the star-spangled sky, our oceanfront makes an awe-inspiring backdrop for summer fireworks – all season long. The celebration begins with Independence Day’s Stars and Stripes Explosion."

  2. Christmas Mountain Village Wisconsin Dells, WI is a Bluegreen Corporation resort and they describe your Fourth of July vacation this way: "You’ve heard of Christmas in July. This year, make it a plan! Christmas Mountain Village in beautiful Wisconsin Dells is the perfect place to celebrate the Fourth, and a multitude of extravaganzas are planned for this year’s holiday, including our own onsite carnival. Multiple fireworks shows are scheduled in the area, and the only task of Christmas Mountain Village owners and guests is choosing where, exactly, to be wowed."

    As the Wisconsin Dells web site says, there will be a "flurry of fireworks" around the area, including many of the resorts, as well as a huge one at the Wisconsin Dells Municipal Pool where onsite refreshments will be served as you watch over 1,300 fireworks celebrate America's birthday.

    Christmas Mountain Village timeshare rentals start at just $63/night, and you can own here for only $475.

  3. Carolina Grande Myrtle Beach, SC, is located right on the Grand Strand, home to the best July Fourth celebrations in Myrtle Beach. Rentals start at $100/night. Bluegreen and RCI points resales available.

    Myrtle Beach does the Fourth of July celebration up in grand style, starting with a festive boat parade at Murrells Inlet. This is followed by "the celebration with one of the biggest fireworks displays of the summer" over the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk, and is accompanied by exciting choreographed Patriotic music.

(Virginia Beach fireworks photo credit - insiderspassport.com)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Automatically get Timeshare Resale and Rental Updates via Email or Google Reader

Raise your hand if you like getting the best deals. Raise your hand if you find the daily explosion of information available over the internet really overwhelming. Raise your hand if you'd like an easy way to keep informed about timeshare rentals and resales so you can get the Best Deal for you!

Enter RSS, and are some explanations of just what RSS means and what it can do for you:

Wikipedia.org: RSS (most commonly expanded as "Really Simple Syndication") is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works - such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video - in a standardized format.

How can RSS help you with your love of timeshares? RedWeek.com has several RSS feeds you can subscribe to, through a “reader” (like Google Reader) or even directly into your email service (like Outlook). When you choose to “subscribe” you will receive new information from that feed, without having to visit the website itself. It will be waiting for you in your Reader or Email folder, which ever you choose.

It’s the perfect way to keep yourself updated on RedWeek listings for timeshare rentals and timeshare resales and also a great way to be notified of new articles to the RedWeek Blog and Seymour our Timeshare Ambassador’s Travel Humor Column.

If you want to know about timeshare rentals and timeshare resales as they are posted - which is the best way to get the best deal - you can subscribe to these RSS feeds.

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Visit London Timeshares Before the Summer Olympics

The London 2012 Summer Olympic Games will be held in various venues throughout the U.K., July 27 to August 12, 2011. Hosting the Olympics has prompted redevelopment of many areas in and around the city of London, with a special emphasis on sustainability. You don't have to wait until next year - rent a London timeshare and tour places in London now that are undergoing their Olympic transformations.

For example, the London 2012 Games are the catalyst for transforming a square mile of land in east London into the Olympic Park. What was once industrial, contaminated land is creating a green backdrop for the Games and a new green space after 2012 for people and wildlife living in and around the area to enjoy.

The southern part of the Park will focus on retaining the festival atmosphere of the Games, with riverside gardens, markets, events, cafes and bars. The northern area will use the latest green techniques to manage flood and rain water, while providing quieter public space and habitats for hundreds of existing and rare species, from kingfishers to otters.

Almost 2,000 semi-mature British-grown trees have been hand-picked for the Park’s green spaces, which will be enjoyed by spectators and become a home for wildlife. In addition, a further 2,000 trees are being planted on the Olympic Village site.

The trees have been carefully selected to ensure they are ‘future proof’ against climate change. They are mostly native species, such as ash, alder, willow, birch, hazel, cherry, poplar, London plane and lime.

More than 300,000 wetland plants will also be planted in the Park. It will be the UK’s largest ever urban river and wetland planting, creating a colorful riverside setting for the London 2012 Games.

Between the Aquatics Centre and Olympic Stadium (see photo) will be gardens stretching half a mile that celebrate the centuries of iconic British passion for plants and gardens, The gardens will trace the journey of England's plant collectors around the world through more than 250 species of plants, trees, meadows and herbs.

An area of Olympic Park known as "Henman Hills" will be created so visitors to the Park during the Games will be able to watch live Olympic Games action on large screens.

"London 2012 has incorporated arts and culture into the heart of the Olympic Park right from the start, creating an international benchmark for future Olympic and Paralympic Games," stated a London 2012 organizing committee official.

"We want to ensure that arts and culture remain at the core of the Olympic Park after the London 2012 Games, so that the works can be admired by all future visitors to the Park."

Remember - you can always rent a Paris timeshare and ride the chunnel bullet train, EuroStar, to London for a day trip - you'll be back in Paris in time for dinner!

(Photo credit - london2012.com)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Summer Travel: California Adventure from your Anaheim Timeshare

If you are looking for ideas for a summer of exciting family vacation plans, consider a trip to Disneyland. An Anaheim timeshare rental can help you with the budget, and your family will have the time of their lives at the new and improved Disney California Adventure Park.

When Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955, Walt Disney promised, "Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world."

The Disneyland Resort grew in 2001 with the addition of Disney California Adventure (DCA) Park, Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and the Downtown Disney District. Now the next great Disneyland Resort expansion is underway - Disney California Adventure Park is being transformed with brand new attractions, spectacular new entertainment, more Disney Characters and more magic than ever before.

Since the $1 Billion renovation and expansion of Disney California Adventure Park began, the resort has already opened Toy Story Mania! Games of the Boardwalk, Mickey's Fun Wheel, Silly Symphony Swings, and the nighttime spectacular "World of Color." See a sneak peak here:

Now, Walt Disney Imagineering has turned its sights to the next highly-anticipated opening: The Little Mermaid - Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. The expected grand opening of this long-awaited attraction is June 3, 2011, with perhaps soft opening preview rides available 2 or 3 weeks in advance.

"This is the first time you're going to be able to ride through the experience of "The Little Mermaid." We want to make this a very immersive attraction where we're actually taking people under the sea," said a Walt Disney Imagineer. "It's mostly just good old fashion theatrical story telling that we're using. We also have some new special effect technologies that we want to utilize here…The Little Mermaid is going to be an incredible experience."

The final phase of the DCA expansion project will open in 2012 - Cars Land, based on the 2006 hit Pixar film "Cars." The feature ride of this 12-acre land is Radiator Springs Racers. Using a ride system similar to the Test Track at WDW's Epcot, you'll experience wild hairpin turns and breathtaking banked curves.

Other Cars Land attractions include Mater's Junkyard Jamboree where your ride vehicles are tractors with pull cars that move to music, and Luigi's Roamin' Tires, an updated version of the fun original Disneyland Flying Saucers.

So plan your exciting Disneyland summer vacation now, with a budget-friendly Anaheim timeshare rental. Dolphin's Cove Resort has timeshare rentals starting at just $85/night, and timeshare rentals at the Peacock Suites Resort start at just $65/night. Both of these resorts are located less than a mile from Disneyland.

(Photo credit - insidethemagic.net)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Timeshare Spotlight: Cedar Village Beech Mountain

Would you like to know that you can enjoy spring's beauty with its colorful azaleas and blooming dogwood every year? How about knowing you'll be spending a refreshing summer vacation in mountains away from heat and humidity? Or that you'll be planning great east coast skiing each winter?

All of this can be found by owning a timeshare resale at Cedar Village Beech Mountain, North Carolina. Currently listed on RedWeek for this resort: 3 resales: $1 - $1,199, points/credits from $0.01/each. Beech Mountain is nestled in the Southern Appalachian Highlands between Roan Mountain, Tennessee, and Boone, North Carolina.

All Cedar Village units have 3 bedrooms, perfect for big families or multigenerational vacationing, or groups of friends - girlfriend getaways and mancations. All units are fully furnished, with well equipped kitchens located on the first floor. Also on the first floor are the dining room and a living room, equipped with a gas log fireplace inside each unit. The second floor has a bath and three bedrooms all with queen beds.

This resort has something for everyone, including an 18-hole golf course, eight daytime tennis courts, as well as an indoor swimming pool, a whirlpool spa, and an arcade game room. In the area are many outdoor activities including fishing in a lake stocked with trout, canoeing, white-water rafting, and horseback riding. Winter sports includes downhill skiing - there are five ski areas within 10 miles. For fun shopping you'll find many local craft shops and antique stores.A reviewer said this:
“All units have 3 bedrooms. The units are large and have a homey feel. The units have a gas log fireplace. Beech Mountain is the highest (in elevation) incorporated town east of the Mississippi River. When we went in August one year we had to turn the gas fireplace on in the mornings, which most people from the hot and humid south can't fathom. If you want to get out of the heat and humidity of a southern summer then Beech Mountain is the place to go. We enjoyed Beech Mountain, Cedar Village and the surrounding towns of Banner Elk and Boone. The mountains are beautiful in this area of North Carolina.”
(Photo - cedarvillagebeechmountain.com)

Monday, May 09, 2011

Timeshare Spotlight: Marriott's Maui Ocean Club

Marriott's Maui Ocean Club is one of the most sought-after timeshare resorts in Hawaii. Located on popular Ka'anapali Beach on Maui's famous North Shore, it's close to attractions such as Whaler's Village and Cannery Shopping Center. Timeshare rentals start as low as $100/night.

Elegance and comfort are the hallmarks of accommodations at Marriott's Maui Ocean Club. The original structure of the resort is a converted hotel that offers one and two-bedroom suites that include separate living & dining areas, a gourmet center with mini-refrigerator, sink and dishwasher, and TVs with DVD players. The private balconies offer scenic views and stunning sunsets, and are perfect for whale watching in the winter.

(If you are looking for a unit with a full kitchen check out Marriott's Maui Ocean Club Lahaina Villas.)

The superpool - it covers 3.5 acres - has lush tropical landscaping, a waterslide, and beautiful waterfalls. The children's play area has its own sandy "beach," and a waterslide off a fun pirate ship. The poolside bar is a great place to rest and relax while keeping an eye on the kids. The Maui Ocean Club also offers amenities such as a barbecue area, arcade game room, and top-rated restaurants.

Here are what two reviews say:
“My husband and I have owned a timeshare at the Maui Ocean Club for 6 years and have gone each year. We ALWAYS have received excellent friendly service and have had extremely clean rooms. They actually clean the carpet after each checkout and when you request extra pillows, towels, etc., Housekeeping calls within 30 minutes to see if you have received the requested items. The grounds are immaculate with leaves being picked up each morning. The famed Marriott bedding is very luxurious. As you can tell, we love the place and look forward to going back each year.”
“Having purchased 2 weeks (one via RedWeek), my wife and I are extremely satisfied. The grounds are impeccably landscaped and maintained (if you get up early enough you can see workers sweeping sidewalks, cleaning chairs, picking up cigarette butts EVERYDAY). The resort is well situated (along the Kaanapali beach strip) and within walking distance to Whaler's village. The pools and slides are a great way to enjoy yourself. This has to be one of the better maintained resorts in a good location (hence, their occupancy rate and their "owner return" rate is pretty high)!”

Friday, May 06, 2011

Visit the Epcot Garden Festival from Your Orlando Timeshare

It's May, and that brings to mind just one thing - beautiful May flowers. After the winter we've all been through, the thought of masses of bright, colorful blooms is almost addictive. There are many May flower festivals across the country, and one place where you can see everything in one spot is Epcot. Rent a Disney timeshare or timeshare in Orlando and indulge your May flower dreams to your heart's content. The Festival, which started in March, goes through May 15, so you still have time to join in the spring time fun.

The 18th Annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is being sponsored by HGTV. For the first time, the country's leading home and lifestyle television brand brings a special blend of design, decorating and landscaping inspiration to this gardening extravaganza at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

At the Festival Center presented by HGTV, popular celebrity experts appear each Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the festival on the HGTV Stage. The HGTV hosts will deliver valuable tips to Disney guests on topics including "Mobile Gardens," "Secrets to Bringing Indoor Style Outside" and "Gardening with Kids." May 6,7,8 will be Frank Fontana from Design on a Dime, and May 13, 14, 15 will showcase Vern Yip, HGTV Design Star.

"We are thrilled to welcome HGTV and so many of the network's great Talent to Epcot this spring," said Dan Cockerell, vice president of Epcot. "HGTV's design and gardening personalities add an exciting, and entertaining new element to a festival that reinvents itself year after year."

As part of the sponsorship, HGTV also will present a new, twice-its-previous-size Bambi's Butterfly House along the Future World Imagination Walkway. Inside this popular festival stop are hundreds of native butterflies and character topiaries from the timeless Disney classic film, "Bambi."

"People visit Disney for a memorable experience where they are inspired, enlightened and entertained," said Jim Samples, president, HGTV. "Our star designers will provide just such an experience for the Disney guest during The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival presented by HGTV. Disney is the ideal venue and destination for us to connect face-to-face with our passionate viewers."

In addition to its own celebrity stage appearances, HGTV will present the popular twice-daily Disney Gardening at Home series, where you can join a workshop and take home projects ranging from hanging baskets to water garden features.

There is even a place where your little ones can enjoy the festival - the Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden. Here fabulous Disney fairies alight to greet all young fans who enter this whimsical garden, that's designed with play structures for children ages 2-5.

(Photo credit - disneyworld.disney.go.com)

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Travel Idea: How to Spend Mothers Day in Our Nation’s Capital

Every woman loves things that are pretty, and your mother is no different. Let her indulge her beauty-appreciation side by sending her on a timeshare rental vacation to Washington, D.C. The Nation's Capital offers many things to see that are lovely and enchanting, including:
  1. Gowns
    What mom doesn't dream of dressing up in a gorgeous, expensive designer gown? The next best thing might be seeing how America's First Ladies dressed for their President husbands' inaugurations.

    Starting with the white chiffon one shoulder floor-length gown worn by Michelle Obama, and going through 23 other first ladies, the "First Ladies at the Smithsonian" exhibition features a total of 24 dresses actually worn by our First Ladies, along with other objects including portraits, White House China, and personal possessions. For nearly a century the First Ladies Collection has been one of the most popular attractions at the Smithsonian Institution.

  2. Gardens
    The U.S. Botanic Gardens, on the Mall next to the Capitol Building, is where Mom can see beautiful and exotic flowers from all over the world, including lilies, rare orchids, huge tropical rainforest flowers, and strange-looking jungle blooms.

    The National Arboretum exhibits plants that are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes, including cherries, giant hollies, and lovely uncommon wildflowers.

    Right along Constitution Avenue are the Constitution Gardens. Covering 50 acres, the landscaped grounds include an island and a lake. These gardens actually border the Reflecting Pool, and include the Signers of the Declaration of Independence Memorial. Alluring and tranquil, the Constitution Gardens are the perfect place for Mom to find real relaxation.

  3. Sculpture
    Part of the National Gallery is the 7-acre Art Sculpture Garden on the Mall, where seventeen major sculptures are on display by internationally renowned artists, amid a beautifully landscaped informal garden. During the summer on Friday evenings, Mom can be entertained by jazz musicians along side the reflecting pool.
Washington, D.C., area timeshare rentals are available at the Wyndham Old Town Alexandria starting at just $88/night, and at Wyndham Vacation Resorts at National Harbor for $129/night. Both of these are located near stops for the city's highly-acclaimed Metro - clean, safe, fast, and convenient to all major sights in Washington, D.C.

(Photo credit - americanhistory.si.edu)

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

3 Top Timeshare Spas perfect for Mothers Day

Mom deserves some pampering. And here's a Mother's Day gift idea that will give her just that - send her on a timeshare rental vacation and let her experience a top rated Resort Spa.

In the March RedWeek® newsletter members were asked to write in and vote for their favorite timeshare resort spa. The following three were voted as the best resort spas around - perfect for Mom.
  1. Mandara Spa
    At the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach and Resort Spa, Honolulu, HI, is the largest spa in Waikiki. The Mandara Spa (see photo) offers Balinese-inspired services such as an Elemis Aroma Spa Seaweed Massage, and a Mandara Four Hand Massage where two therapists massage you with a unique blend of five styles.

    Mom can also enjoy an exotic Jasmine flower bath or a traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage. The spa also has services for mothers to be. The resort itself rests on 22 acres of prime Oahu beachscape. Enjoy any of the resort's three swimming pools, whirlpool spa, and Holistica Hawaii Health Center. Rentals start at just $125/night.

  2. The Spa
    Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort and Spa, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, was voted among Top 5 Hotel Spas in Mexico by Travel + Leisure Reader's Poll, and was also named among the Top 10 Hotel Spas in Mexico, Central and South America by Travel + Leisure.

    The Spa offers an extensive menu of European-inspired body treatments and massage therapies including the Shiroabhyanga Massage, and the Temazcal steam bath. Located just 10 minutes from the action and nightlife of Cabo, the resort is set away from the concentration of hotels along the Sea of Cortez, and sprawls over fifty-acres that include an expansive, private beach. Rentals start at $85/night.

  3. Brio Spa
    Grand Luxxe Resort, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, offers a number of unique spa services that are specifically designed by its highly trained staff, and draw from ancient Mexican and Asian cultures. Mom can try out the red wine or wild orchids body treatments. Or perhaps a body treatment using caviar extract is more her style.

    If she's feeling the need for less treatment and more massage Mom can choose from the deep tissue sport massage, or the reflexology massage to reestablish balance. Regardless of how Mom spends her vacation, she will find incomparable luxury at the Grand Luxxe Resort, just 20 minutes north of the Puerto Vallarta airport. Rentals start at $186/night.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Mothers Day Travel for a Disneyland Brunch!

Mother's Day Brunch - it's what every mom looks forward to. Mother's Day is the chance to give back to your mom for all of the meals she's cooked for you - and why not do that with flare? Give her a special meal in a special place. Rent an Anaheim timeshare resort and take Mom to Disneyland, where you can give her two choices for a delectable brunch on Mother's Day.

The Mother's Day brunch in the Grand Ballroom of the Disneyland Hotel, and at Storyteller's CafĂ© at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa are both back by popular demand, and both feature beloved Disney characters, with sweet Cinderella and her princess friends in the Grand Ballroom, and funny Chip ‘n Dale and friends at Storyteller’s Cafe.

Check out these delectable details:
  • “Disney’s Royal Buffet for Mother’s Day” at the Disneyland Hotel is 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on May 8, with Cinderella and her princess friends and live musical entertainment. The extravagant buffet includes beautiful spring salads, artisan cheeses, smoked and chilled seafood, cured meats, breakfast selections, seasonal fresh fish and free-range chicken.

    “Action stations” include fresh omelets, carving stations, Mickey waffles, crepes and Champagne. And dessert is highlighted with a decadent chocolate fountain.

    For kids: mixed greens, fresh fruit salad, crunchy chicken bites, pizza, “Mickaroni and cheese,” crispy waffle fries, mixed veggies and kid-approved sweets.

  • A big hug for Mom from Chip 'n Dale starts the fun for the Storyteller’s Cafe Mother's Day Brunch (see photo). Between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m., the impressive buffet includes black pepper-crusted New York strip loin (with cognac jus and horseradish cream), corned beef hash with poached eggs and chipotle-orange hollandaise, roasted salmon with tangerine vinaigrette, brioche French toast with blackberry compote and olive oil-poached asparagus with shaved Reggiano cheese.

    Add to that omelets, fresh scrambled eggs, Yukon gold hash browns with fresh thyme, sausage and bacon, artisan cheeses, cured meats and roasted veggies, spring greens, fresh fruits and over-the-top desserts.

    Kids can fill up on scrambled eggs, oven-roasted potatoes, Mickey waffles and crispy chicken nuggets.
Give mom a Mother's Day timeshare vacation with a special Brunch she'll remember for years to come!

(Photo credit - disneyland.disney.go.com)

Monday, May 02, 2011

5 Mothers Day Activities Near Kauai Timeshares

Would you like to help make one of Mom's dreams come true? Odds are that she's like most people on the planet - and has big dreams of a Hawaiian vacation. By renting a Kauai timeshare on the lush, "Garden Island" of Kauai, you can see that she gets her dream for Mother's Day, and the chance to attend some of these fun May festivals in the bargain.
  1. 30th Annual Kauai Museum May Day Celebration and Lei Contest
    May 1, 2011, Lihu'e, Hawai'i. This is a one day event that promotes and showcases floral leis and the very best in traditional and contemporary lei making by Kauai artists. Activities provide demonstrations and hands on lei making for visitors.

  2. May Day by the Bay
    May 7, 2011, Hanalei at Wai’oli Beach Park. A fun-filled day of Hawaiian music and hula set in one of the most beautiful places in the world. There will also be cultural demonstrations, workshops in hula and ukulele, traditional Polynesian food, and skilled crafters.

  3. Kauai Okinawan Cultural and Dance Festival
    May 13-14, 2011, Kauai Veterans Center in Lihue. This exciting annual event celebrates the connection between Hawaiian and Okinawan cultures, and features Okinawan food, music, and musical dance performances. In addition you can enjoy the Country Store, games, and cultural displays and exhibits (see photo).

  4. Kauai Polynesian Festival
    May 26 - 29, 2011, Vidinha Stadium, Hanapepe, Hawaii. Highlights of the 9th annual event that celebrates the cultural exchange of Tahiti, Samoa, New Zealand and Hawaii, include a Polynesian pageant, various competitions (poi ball, hula, Tahitian dance and fire knife), a fashion show, workshops and craft booths.

  5. Banana Poka RoundUp
    May 29, 2011, Kokee State Park, Waimea Canyon. You can best understand this unique festival by its official description: "It’s a forest education fair for the whole family with a funny name - the Banana Poka RoundUp! An invasive pest from South America, the Banana Poka vine, with its gorgeous bubble-gum pink blossoms, is the 'poster weed' for this zany annual event. It is just one of the many threats to the health and diversity of Hawaiian forests - and also a fabulous craft material. The RoundUp always features a huge tent where you can learn how to make a basket out of the pest." You'll also enjoy live music, guided hikes, and a Russell Rooster crowing contest.
(Photo credit - (Photo credit - kauaifestivals.com)