Monday, September 30, 2013

Vacation Villa vs. Hotel Room - A Mom's Perspective

Having rented timeshare villas for all of our family vacations in the last five years, I’m admittedly a little spoiled. I didn’t realize the extent of it, though, until we rented a hotel room last summer. If you (or one of your travel mates) are on the fence about which way to go, check out this top 10 list of timeshare

1. Home away from home – after four or more hours on the road or in the air, there’s just no way to describe how it feels when you walk into a spacious villa.

Vacation villa vs. hotel room2. A place for everything – I’m a bit of a neat freak but I find that it’s much less stressful to unpack, put everything away, and move around without constantly tripping over STUFF.

3. Ugly coffee – before I put on make-up and tame the bed head, I enjoy a brewed cup of my favorite coffee on the balcony…best mornings ever!

4. Dine-in option – after three or four days of restaurants, I prefer a home-cooked meal around the table in the villa (you can’t do that in a hotel room!).

5. Selective eaters – I won’t call my son fussy but if I didn't have a fridge to stock with his healthy favorites, his vacation diet would be limited to chicken fingers and fries.

6. Making memories – friends gathered in the kitchen and around the dining table, margs in the blender, a breeze coming in through the patio doors, good tunes…that's what vacations are all about!

7. Poolside refreshments – most timeshare resorts offer snacks and bevies around the pool, which is a great option, but your dollar goes a lot further when you pack a cooler of goodies from your villa.

8. Two TVs  – after a great day out and about, a little down time that doesn't include SpongeBob SquarePants is nice.

9. Money, money, money – there's just no beating the value of a timeshare rental when you consider meal savings and the free resort amenities and activities.

10. Separate bedroom – enough said :)

BOTTOM LINE: You get more for your vacation dollar in a timeshare resort. I’ve booked Marriott and Wyndham villas (one- and two-bedroom units) for my family and our friends in Wisconsin Dells, Orlando, Palm Springs, and Las Vegas – and we've never been disappointed. My RedWeek membership has paid for itself many times over!

This blog post was submitted by Cindy, a frequent traveler and happy RedWeek member out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  Want to submit your own perspective?  Post a comment below and we'll get you the details!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Top 5 Things to Do in Charleston, SC

Known as the "Jewel of the South," Charleston is the oldest city in South Carolina. And this jewel shines even on days when it rains. There are endless places to explore in this city laced with history. Stay in a  Charleston timeshare and discover the top 5 things to do in Charleston, SC:  

1. Go Rogue: History buffs will love the Magnolia Cemetery. Founded in 1849 the cemetery features wispy trees and old tombstones along the banks of the Cooper River. Look for the graves of Southern leaders such as governors Thomas Bennett, Langdon Cheves, Horace L. Hunley and Robert Barnwell Rhett. There are also hundreds of Confederate soldiers buried here including five generals: Micah Jenkins, Arthur Manigault, Roswell Ripley, James Conner, and C.H. Stevens.
Web: Magnolia Cemetery. Location: 70 Cunnington Avenue.

2. Be Active: Take a walking tour around Charleston and learn about the gorgeous architecture and fascinating history.
Web: Charleston Footprints. Location: 108 Meeting Street.

3. Discover Royalty: The Aiken-Rhett House offers a self-guided audio tour through the former home of Governor William Aiken, Jr. The home was previously owned by his father, railroad company owner William Aiken. The house offers a rare glimpse into what slave quarter living was like.
Web: Aiken-Rhett House. Location: 48 Elizabeth Street.

4. Explore a Plantation: Drayton Hall has amazingly survived both the American Revolution and the Civil War. Preserved in near-original condition and built by slaves this plantation along the Ashley River was the home of seven generations of the Drayton family. Go on a tour of the plantation's expansive grounds and enjoy the home's Georgian-Palladian architecture.
Web: Drayton Hall. Location: 3380 Ashley River Road.

5. Get Spooked: The Haunted Jail Tour at night is a spooky treat. The tour takes you through the Old Charleston Jail which was home to several of America's notorious criminals including the famed Lavinia Fisher.
Web: Haunted Jail Tour. Location: 21 Magazine Street.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Top 5 Things to Do in Las Vegas, NV

From high rollers to glitzy lights the Las Vegas, NV strip offers something for everyone. And if you stay up until it's dark there are lots of fun shows to enjoy. Spend the night in a Las Vegas, NV timeshare and explore the top 5 things to do in Las Vegas, NV:

1. Catch a Show: Fremont Street is home to several casinos in the city and it's also home to the Fremont Street Experience. This seven-block, outdoor pedestrian mall features daily shows and concerts. Web: Fremont Street Experience. Location: 425 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV.

2. Watch 'Em Roll: Stop by the Don Pablo Cigar Company (Location: 3049 Las Vegas Blvd S) to see employees roll cigars by hand. Got kids? A trip to M&M's World (Location: 3785 Las Vegas Blvd S) is a must see and even features a replica of the M&M's NASCAR race car.

3. Beam It Up: At sundown, the glass pyramid at the Luxor offers a high-intensity light show that shoots from the top of the pyramid at night (which can be seen around town and even serves as a light beam for locals to find their way home). Web: The Luxor. Location: 3900 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV.

4. Heat Up: The iconic volcano at The Mirage explodes every hour after dusk. The golden rock-laced volcano simmers and then implodes to the delight of onlookers. Web: The Mirage. Location: 3400 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV.

5.Cool Off: The fountains at the Bellagio play a water and music show each evening. In front of the Bellagio you can watch the water show fill up the quarter-mile-long lake as the symphony of water leaps to the music. Web: The Bellagio. Location:3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Timeshare Travel - San Francisco and the America's Cup

Throughout this summer San Francisco Bay has been the scene of the famed sailing competition known as the America’s Cup.

A  San Francisco timeshare vacation this week will allow you to be part of the exciting finish as the Finals conclude on Saturday, September 21.

An international sport, The America’s Cup is not named after the country, but rather the name of the winning schooner in the first international sailing competition held in 1851.

Visitors from around the world have been flocking to San Francisco since the 34th America’s Cup competition began in July. It’s easy to watch the races first-hand from just about anywhere along San Francisco’s waterfront.

In addition, before and after the day’s race you can enjoy activities and entertainment at the America’s Cup Village.

What’s the big deal about the America’s Cup?

Take  a look:

1. The World’s Fastest Boats
Two new catamaran designs are being tested and used in the 2013 America’s Cup. The AC72 is the version that is racing this week in the Finals.

Powered by a towering wing sail the AC72 i capable of top speeds in excess of twice the windspeed. At 72 feet long, 48 feet wide and powered by a 131-foot tall win sail, "the craft is a speed machine the likes of which has never been seen in America's Cup racing."

2. The World’s Best Sailors
From Olympic Gold Medalists to championship winners from around the globe, the America's Cup attracts the best sailors in the world.

"The AC72 demands more of the crews than ever before," explained a race official. "Athleticism is now a critical requirement for all crew members. The smaller crew size of 11 means every role n the boat is crucial to success, and each crew member will face physical demands equal to the toughest sports in the world."

3. Oldest Sporting Trophy in the World
The America's Cup is considered to be the most difficult trophy in sport to win. In the more than 150 years since the first race off England, only four nations have won what is often called the oldest trophy in international sports.

There are many budget-friendly San Francisco timeshare rentals where you can stay while enjoying the heady atmosphere of an America's Cup race.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

"Better for You Goodies" with a Timeshare Vacation at Walt Disney World

Parents taking the family on a timeshare vacation to Walt Disney World are finding more and more healthy-food options for the kids.

Disney’s on-going program to provide nutritional options at WDW includes The Mickey Check, which helps you find the best nutritional options for meals.

And now Disney has launched “Better for You Goodies,” a guide to finding snacks in all four theme parks of WDW that are delicious, but nutritious, too.

Below is just a sampling of nutritious snacks and where you can find them:

Magic Kingdom 

  • Prince Eric’s Village Market: bottled juices, waters and teas; whole and cut fruits; for dipping – hummus, Greek yogurt dips 
  • Gaston’s Tavern: soy milk; sliced apples with sugar-free caramel sauce 
  • Chesire CafĂ©: bananas and oranges; lowfat milk 
  • All Popcorn Wagons offer oranges and crisp apples 
  • All ice cream stands offer no-sugar-added strawberry bars 

Animal Kingdom 

  • Discovery Island Gardens Kiosk: vegan and gluten-free granola bars, cupcakes, cookies and brownies Harambe Fruit Market: whole and cut fruits and juices 
  • Mr. Kamal’s Kiosk: hummus and veggies, edamame salad and Asian noodle salad 


  • Mission Space cart: Ocean Spray Craisins and Ocean Spray Trail Mix 
  • Future World Space Ice Cream stand: mixed fruit (apple, watermelon and cantaloupe) 
  • African Cool Post: Perry’s Power Pack, a “Phineas and Ferb“-themed lunch box with Smuckers PB&J Uncrustable, carrot sticks, Dannaon Danimals strawberry yogurt and Minute Maid Apple Juice 

Hollywood Studios 

  • Food Stands throughout the park: whole and cut fruits and veggies, granola bars, Ocean Spray Craisins and Ocean Spray Trail Mix 
  • KRNR the Rock Station on Sunset Boulevard: smoothies made with nonfat yogurt 

You can enjoy preparing snacks in your Orlando timeshare rental kitchen, but when your family is touring Walt Disney World you’ll be glad to know that you will find many healthy snacks for your kids there, too.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday Photo – Norway UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Geiranger Fjord, submitted by A. DeCrites, Chicago

Located in the southwestern part of Norway, the Geiranger Fjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most popular tourist sites in Norway.

During the summer there is lush green vegetation and thundering waterfalls. There is very little habitable shore area, so the two villages in the fjord remain small.

A few scattered abandoned farms are undergoing restoration, and can be visited by boat. The cliff sides are so steep that the early farmers had to fasten bridges to the rock walls with iron bolts.

Kayaking, hiking, and sight-seeing boat tours are all available.

Check out Europe timeshare rentals.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Timeshare Travel - Visiting the 9-11 Memorial in New York City

Plan a timeshare vacation to New York City to visit The National September 11 Memorial, and see the progress on the building of One World Trade Center.

The 9-11 Memorial remembers the almost 3000 men, women, and children who died in New York City in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 25, 1993.

Poignantly the memorial is officially named “Reflecting Absence.” Popularly called the “9/11 Memorial “ it opened on the 10th Anniversary of the attacks, September 11, 2012.

The actual foundations of each of the two towers, the “footprints” where the World Trade Center twin towers once stood, have been turned into pools where 30-foot waterfall fountains – the largest in North America – cascade.

Around each pool the names of the victims have been etched in bronze. Interestingly, the placement of the names is not alphabetical, but instead honors the request from the victims’ families to place certain names with others based on where they were that day, and the relationships the people had with each other. 

Eventually an 8-acre field of white oak trees will surround the footprints. The trees are from nurseries near each of the three sites of the 9-11 attack – New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksviille, Pennsylvania where Flight 93 went down.

When fully redeveloped the new World Trade Center will not only include the 9-11 Memorial but also a museum, commercial office buildings, retail shops, and connections to the subway.

The centerpiece will be One World Trade Center, also known as the Freedom Tower. Including its pinnacle height this new skyscraper will be 1776 feet high, a symbolic honoring of the year in which the United States declared itself an independent nation.

This height also makes the Freedom Tower the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and tentatively the 3rd tallest building in the world.

Construction will continue for some time on the various new World Trade Center buildings. The 9-11 Memorial will be open to the public during this time, but to ensure the public’s safety, as well as the security of the construction site, screening and passes are required. The passes are free.

Once the new World Trade Center complex is completely built, the public will have open access to the 9-11 Memorial, including the footprint fountains and the beautiful park of white oak trees.

New York City timeshare rentals are amazingly budget-friendly in downtown Manhattan.

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Top 5 Things to Do in Newport, RI

The New England Coast is a spectacular setting and Newport, RI is its gem. The town offers breathtaking sunsets, over-the- top gilded mansions, world class sailing, and views of the rocky Atlantic Ocean coastline. Rent a Newport, RI timeshare and explore the top 5 things to do in Newport, RI:

1. Stretch Your Legs: Once you get settled in your timeshare head over to the Cliff Walk. A leisurely stroll along the 3.5-mile dirt road will lend you a front row ocean view that breaks against the cliff rocks below. While you're out there catch a peek of the famous Newport, RI mansions that line the cliffs. Web: Cliff Walk. Location: Start at Memorial Boulevard and walk south, Newport, RI.

2. Explore an Island: The Rose Island Lighthouse beacons you. Hop a boat over and explore the 18-acre island and discover what it was like to live like a lighthouse keeper. Insider tip: You can stay over night and be a lighthouse keeper! Web: Rose Island Lighthouse. Location: Take the Newport-Jamestown Ferry to Rose Island, Newport, RI.

3. Discover the Birds: Pack a picnic and take a short drive over to the salty air at the Norman Bird Sanctuary. This 325-acre wildlife refuge features a pond where you can search for goslings, herons, and turtles. Nearby picnic tables offer a place to dine and soak in the view. Web: Norman Bird Sanctuary. Location: 583 Third Beach Road, Middletown, RI.

4. Live Like a Royal: The grandest of all Newport summer homes is the world famous Breakers. The Breakers was the elaborate summer home for the Vanderbilt family. If you only have time to tour one mansion make it the Breakers. If you have more time, rent a bike or scooter and visit the mansions of your choice with pre-purchased tickets. There are several mansions to choose from. Web: The Breakers. Location: 44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI.

5. Go for a Volley: Play on the grass or enjoy the historical museum. Tennis players will love the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Walk by the showcase outdoor grass court and then head to the museum. Built in 1880, the museum inside the Hall details the history of tennis through interactive exhibits, videos, and memorabilia. If you'd rather play tennis reserve a grass court ahead of time (courts are open to members and to the general public). Insider tip: Make sure to pack and wear white if you want to play tennis on the grass courts. Web: The International Hall of Fame. Location: 194 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Timeshare Vacation – A Guide to Fall in New York City

New York City is a great place for a timeshare vacation in the fall. The warm autumn sun, colorful leaves, and less crowds all combine to make fall in the Big Apple a delight. 

There is an ample list of fall activities to enjoy, as well, including:

1. Medieval Festival in Fort Tryon Park (see top photo) Sunday, September 29th 
See Fort Tryon Park transformed into a Medieval Market Town where performers and festival goers are dressed in medieval garb. Musical performers and minstrels, jugglers, dancers, magic shows and jesters all provide fun entertainment.

Of course no medieval festival is complete without jousting, crafts, food or drink so come to Fort Tryon Park to enjoy it all – at no cost. There is no charge for festival access, though crafts, food and souvenirs are available for purchase.

2. Goold Orchards 25th Annual Apple Festival & Craft Show
Saturday and Sunday, October 12th-13th
Enjoy this quintessential fall festival at Goold Orchards, named by the New York Times as one of the best Apple Festivals in the US.

Here you can indulge your fall fancy by sampling fresh cider donuts, fruit pies and strudels. For a great family activity come pick apples and pumpkins, visit a variety of craft booths, watch entertainment and take a horse drawn carriage ride.

3. Tompkins Square Dog Halloween Parade - Saturday, October 26th
Hosted by the Tompkins Square Dog Run on East 9th Street, this parade draws locals and visitors alike and flaunts New York City's love for all things dog.

Bring Fido and Fifi dressed in their Halloween best to compete for best dog costume prizes. Owners like to dress up as well, often matching their four-legged friends. Come to the Tompkins Square Dog Halloween Parade to participate, or just to people (and dog!) watch or to take great pictures. 

4. Stargazing on the High Line - Every Tuesday evening through October 29th at dusk 
Stargaze on the High Line between West 13th and West 14th Streets in NYC’s famous Chelsea district – for no charge.

Presented by Friends of the High Line in partnership with the Amateur Astronomers Association, these events are open to visitors of all ages so bring the kids for a great family evening everyone can enjoy. Stargazers can use the high-powered telescopes and chat with astronomy experts.

5. New York Pass
One of the best ways to see New York City any time of the year is to invest in a New York Pass. With the pass you'll have free entry to over 80 NYC attractions, get line skipping privileges, and tour reservations. 

Attractions that are partnered with New York Pass include everything from the American Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to the Statue of Liberty Ferry and the Empire State Building Observation Deck.

You’ll enjoy your fall vacation even more with a New York City timeshare rental – budget-friendly right in the middle of Manhattan, starting at just $171/night.

Source: Newsday/

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A Timeshare - The Perfect Home Base for a Day Backpacker

A fall timeshare vacation is the perfect opportunity to enjoy beautiful weather and beautiful scenery with day backpacking.

Backpacking is a great activity and can be lodes of fun. It can also be impractical for many people to backpack for long periods, camping every night and striking out across the hinterlands each morning.

Whether due to finances, health concerns, or just plain time, many people would enjoy backpacking if it could be taken in smaller bites. Enter timeshare rentals. Yes, that’s right – rent a timeshare and go backpacking!

A timeshare rental offers many advantages for backpacking, including a very convenient home base.

There are many budget timeshare rentals available in areas where day-trip backpacking through beautiful wilderness areas is possible, such as National Parks, seashores, and some real hidden gems.

A good example of backpacking in a National Park is the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Timeshare rentals are available in Gatlinburg, the “gateway” to America’s most visited National Park. 

Located on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina, the park lies right in the heart of Appalachia, and offers over 800 miles of hiking trails.

In Gatlinburg timeshare rentals are as low as $59/night.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts, offers many great timeshare rentals ( as low as $86/night) and the Cape Cod National Seashore where you’ll find a dozen hiking trails that are open year round.

Ranging from easy to advanced, these trails can take you on wonderful day-trip backpacking adventures across 43,000 acres of dunes, ponds, woods, swamps, marshes, and almost 40 miles of Atlantic shoreline.

Many consider Idaho a “hidden gem” for backpackers. Sixty-four percent of Idaho is public land, including 33 million acres of national forests, and lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

Rent a timeshare in Ketchum, adjacent to Sun Valley, for as little as $100/night, and you have the entire 73,000-acre Sawtooth National Recreation Area at your doorstep.

The Missouri Ozarks offer another great hiking area, especially when in their crimson glory during the Autumn. Hundreds of miles of hiking trails are around the Branson area, where you can get a Branson timeshare rental for just $57/night.

When you combine budget-friendly timeshare rentals with your backpacking passion, you get the best of two worlds.

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

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday Photo – Found: A Wallaby!

“In the bush” in New South Wales, Australia, with a wallaby. Submitted by Mandel M., Arizona.

Wallabies differ from kangaroos in that they are smaller and their legs are shorter and more compact. One of the main differences is that kangaroos live in open, treeless areas and eat grass. Wallabies, on the other hand, live in wooded areas and thus are leaf-eaters.

Sydney, the most populous city in Australia, is the capital of New South Wales, and was the first British colony established in Australia.

There are many Australia timeshare exchanges available.

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Monday, September 09, 2013

Timeshare Travel – Southern California’s Wine Country AutumnFest

Plan a fall timeshare vacation to southern California’s Wine Country.

California Wine Country is generally considered to be the counties of Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino north of San Francisco. World-renowned vintages draw millions of visitors a year to the area’s famous wineries. 

But here’s a secret - for a real treat visit Southern California Wine Country. The town of Temecula is the center, which sits equi-distant and just about an hour from San Diego, Los Angeles, and Orange County.

This picturesque valley with a Mediterranean climate is home to more than 35 wineries that have cultivated over 3,500 acres of vineyards.

While northern California wine country began as far back as 1856 when Hungarian immigrant Agoston Haraszthy planted his first vines, wine grapes wouldn’t be planted in Southern California until over one hundred years later.

In several different locations throughout the valley, Richard Break and Leon Borel, working for the newly formed Rancho California Development Corporation, planted 56 different varieties of grapes.

John Moramarco planted a thousand acres for the Brookside Vineyards and Winery in 1967.

The town of Temecula wasn’t finally incorporated until 1989.

The Temecula Valley is now recognized as a full-fledged appellation, legally defining it as a wine-producing geographical area. Gaining well-deserved recognition the area has received over 5,000 awards for its wine.

Harvest of the heavy, ripe fruit in the fall is worthy of a celebration, and AutumnFest is a three-month long celebration of the area’s wineries.

In September Temecula Valley proudly participates in California Wine Month. Take your SIP Passport with you on your self-guided tour where passport holders can savor wine tasting at five of the Valley’s premier wineries, along with enjoying special savings.

October is when the Old Town Temecula Fall Rod Run attracts over 30,000 auto enthusiasts to participate in the Friday Night Cruise, and the Saturday Show and Shine. Hundreds of of the finest vehicles – all pre-1974 – are proudly displayed.

And in November the eagerly anticipated Harvest Celebration Barrel Tasting gets underway. This food and wine adventure is self-guided at more than 30 participating wineries.

At each stop you’ll find barrel samples of unfinished wines that are not available to the general public. Along the way you can sample finished wines and delicious foods.

Throughout the three-month long AutumnFest, the various wineries get in on the fun with other exciting events including Wilson Creek’s Sunset Jazz in the Vines, and Mount Palomar’s Grape Stomps.

You can also participate in everything from South Coast’s Blessing of the Wine Celebration to Monte de Oro’s Rocky Horror Halloween Bash. 

Check out the many California timeshare rentals available within an easy drive of Temecula’s Southern California Wine Country.

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Friday, September 06, 2013

Top 5 Things to Do in Scottsdale, AZ

The Sonoran Desert beacons travelers to Arizona's finest urban center. Scottsdale is bordered by Phoenix (to the west) and the mighty MCDowell Mountains (to the east) and the area offers arid fun for the whole family. Book a Scottsdale timeshare and explore the top 5 things to do in Scottsdale, AZ:

1. Go for a Ride: In a hot air balloon you will view the arid landscape and open spaces from above! A perfect thing to do since the weather is beautiful year round. Go for your ride at sunrise in the summer for unforgettable views. In the winter go for a sunset ride for dramatic views. Web: Rainbow Ryders or Arizona Balloon Safaris. Location: Various locations in Scottsdale, Arizona area.

2. Explore Garden Trails: Discover the unusual cacti and plants at the Desert Botanical Garden. In the fall and spring there is an exquisite butterfly pavilion you can explore and in the summer you can discover the gardens in the evening on a flashlight tour! Web: Desert Botanical Garden. Location: 1201 N. Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ.

3. Be Creative: Explore the contemporary exhibits and architecture courtesy of creative artists around the world at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Insider tip: Admission is free on Thursdays! Web: Scottsdale Museum of Comtemporary Art. Location: 7374 E. Second Street, Scottsdale, AZ.

4.Discover Downtown: Visit the couture shops in Fashion Square, or the one-off boutiques on Fifth Avenue, or the Western wear shops in Old Town. Insider tip: Get there aboard the free Downtown Trolley! Locations: Fashion Square: 7014 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ; Fifth Avenue: E. 5th Avenue and N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ; Old Town: At Main Street and Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ.

5. Step Back in Time: Welcome to the 1880s where cowboy stuntmen at the Six Gun Theater, stagecoaches, and the "Deadman's Drop" rock climbing wall await your arrival. Explore the fun and then hop a desert train ride to the Rawhide Steakhouse. Web: Raw Hide. Location: 5700 West North Loop Road Chandler, AZ.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Timeshare Travel - New Bridge for San Francisco Bay

The next time you take a timeshare vacation to San Francisco, you’ll see something new on the San Francisco Bay skyline.

A graceful white tower is part of the self-anchored suspension span of the new Bay Bridge, which officially opened this past Monday, September 2, 2013.

Whether you cross the Bay Bridge as a driver, a bicyclist or a pedestrian, you’ll undoubtedly be taken with its gleaming white paint job, its graceful tower and its spider web of suspension cables, not to mention its sweeping views, which can now be easily enjoyed unlike the old bridge which blocked them.

The new span replaces a structure that was damaged during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. It is designed to withstand the strongest earthquake estimated by seismologists to occur at the site over a 1,500-year period.

The Bay Bridge is actually composed of several parts, beginning with a sleek skyway from the Oakland side that leads to the new, self-anchored suspension bridge - with its looming, single white tower.

The span then leads onto Yerba Buena Island in the middle of the bay. On the other side of the island, the old double-decker west span, which has been retrofitted to higher earthquake standards, completes the crossing to San Francisco.

But as esthetically impressive as the $6.4 billion new span may be, its graceful looks overshadow its main mission: to not only remain standing after a devastating earthquake but to be able to carry emergency vehicles and supplies across the bay soon after the ground stops shaking.

Seismic engineers who designed the span used a variety of innovative techniques, some borrowed from offshore construction, to help make the bridge strong, yet flexible enough to withstand the greatest seismic forces imaginable.

Before installing any of the innovations on the span, pieces were built and tested in laboratories from Reno to San Diego.

Engineers admire the old Bay Bridge, saying it was meticulously designed and well-assembled. But it is riddled with seismic deficiencies because when the span was built, seismic engineering was neither common nor sophisticated.

The new span includes a 15.5 foot-wide bike and pedestrian path that will be extended onto the island after the old eastern span is removed.

Check out the many budget-friendly San Francisco timeshare rentals available.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

ARDA Announces "The Timeshare Effect"

The Timeshare Effect initiative, a look at how timeshare vacations have a positive effect on lifestyle, family memories, and finances, is inspired by the “Travel Effect,” a campaign by the U.S. Travel Association.

The Timeshare Effect was developed by the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) to highlight the link between timeshare vacations and their effect on owners.

“We hear from our owners every day about how their lives have changed because of their timeshare ownership,” said Howard Nusbaum, president and CEO of ARDA.

“We wanted to capture this anecdotal sentiment with hard facts for other would-be timeshare owners,” Nusbaum said.

The Timeshare Effect covers three areas: finances, lifestyle, and family.

1. Financial
On the financial side, it’s clear that owning a timeshare enables families to take annual vacations for much less than what they would pay for a traditional hotel.

On average you can save 50% to 60% of what you would normally pay for a vacation. And your money stretches farther when you consider that instead of staying in a cramped hotel room you will be staying in condo-like accommodations at luxury resorts.

The timeshare kitchen alone is a big help in saving money since you don’t have to budget in the huge cost of eating out for three meals a day.

2. Lifestyle 
In addition to the financial savings, owning a timeshare has significant effects on lifestyle.

Since timeshare owners have essentially prepaid for their annual vacation, they are much more likely to take that vacation, which leads to many health and wellness benefits.

Owners enjoy beautiful resorts in great locations that offer flexibility and space for everyone.

3. Family Memories 
And there is nothing better than a regular vacation to create lifelong family memories.

Three out of four adults over 55 say they still have vivid memories of their childhood vacations, and 55 percent of adults want to create similar memories for their children and grandchildren.

A whopping 93 percent of kids say that vacations mean a chance to spend quality time with their parents. When traveling with grandparents, 60% of kids say it brings them closer together.

See The Timeshare Effect infographic for more fun information.

Consider buying a timeshare resale. You can also vacation in a timeshare rental first, to see how timeshare vacations can have a positive effect on your family’s vacation finances, lifestyle and family memories.

Source: ARDA
* All statistics from U.S. Travel’s Travel Effect

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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday Photo – A Garden of Glass

Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle, WA. Submitted by Devon Jefferson, Colorado.

Dale Chihuly is a world-famous American artist whose works are considered unique to the field of blown glass, moving it into the realm of large-scale sculpture. He began creating exhibitions of his glass sculptures within glass houses and botanical settings in 2001.

Although Chihuly has exhibited all over the world, his home studio is in Seattle having been born and raised in neighboring Tacoma.

Nestled at the base of the iconic Seattle Space Needle is the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition which utilizes both the glass-within-glass-house and the garden setting.

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