Friday, February 28, 2014

Top 5 Things to Do in March 2014

Spring is just around the corner! On your next timeshare rental, check out these March events happening in Florida, Massachusettes, Washington DC, Arizona, and Washington State. And get ready to enjoy the Spring season (which starts on March 20)!

1. March 5-May 18: Discover the 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (pictured)! The Walt Disney World resort hosts this annual show. Get up close and personal with over 30 million blooms including roses, topiaries, herbs, and even wildflowers.
Web: Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Location: Epcot Center, Walt Disney World, 200 Epcot Center Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL.

2. March 10-30: A show with award winning puppetry is sure to excite little fans. The International Theater Festival at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC features 13 fully staged productions from 20 countries. Get ready to enjoy staged readings and panel discussions too.
Web: International Theater Festival
Location: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC.

3. March 16: It wouldn't be March without the famous South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade! Boston is known for putting on a green show. The parade starts on the east end of West Broadway ending at Dorchester Avenue and Southampton Street. Put on your best green clothes and head to the parade.
Web: South Boston Parade
Location: Parade Route: West Broadway, East Broadway, E. 4th St., E. 5th St., G St., and Dorchester St, South Boston, MA.

4. March 22: Come hungry to the 5th Annual Great American BBQ & Beer Festival in Chandler, Arizona. This is one of the countries largest BBQs featuring more than 20,000 pounds of Great American BBQ. Vendors are on hand with drinks and several bands add to the ambiance. There's even a March Madness lounge for those who want to watch college tournament hoops.
Web: Chandler BBQ
Location: S. San Marcos Place, Chandler, AZ.

5. March 29-30: Wine lovers flock to CenturyLink Field to sample wines from over 200 wineries. The event has 70 restaurants on hand and there are several seminars led by top national wine sommeliers for those wanting to delve more into the process from grape to wine to table.
Web: Taste Washington
Location: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Top 25 Resorts Spotlight - The Best of Florida (Part One)

Next to Hawaii, Florida had the most resorts placing in our Top 25 Rental Resorts list. Florida is also home to the number one resort making our list this year. Curious as to what makes our winner so enticing to RedWeek members? Read on!

Disney's Beach Club Villas

Disney's Beach Club Villas is no stranger to the top spot on our annual list. We've seen this Disney gem place quite a few times, and it's little wonder why. Beach Club Villas' prime spot right on Walt Disney World property is a huge draw, but it's not only Orlando's premier theme park that makes for such a desirable vacation spot. The resort itself offers a whimsical beachy aesthetic and a family-friendly attitude. If that's not enough, Disney's Beach Club Villas also boasts some amazing on-site dining options and the fantastically themed Stormalong Bay water recreation center.

Disney's BoardWalk Villas

Disney's BoardWalk Villas celebrates the classic charm of the Eastern seaboard's legendary boardwalks. What makes this property so special is right there in the name - the boardwalk. Along the length of the resort lies a plethora of dining options, shopping and live entertainment. If you're looking for a night out with friends, consider taking a walk down to Atlantic Dance Hall or Jellyrolls dueling piano bar. Rent a surrey bike and take the entire family for a ride around the BoardWalk's own Crescent Lake.And with Walt Disney World's Epcot and Hollywood Studios just a short walk away, there's no better way to experience the Disney magic.

Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge 

Wrapping up today's list is another renowned Disney Vacation Club property - Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge. However, the Wilderness Lodge forsakes the easy-going, beachy atmosphere of the last two resorts in favor of a rustic and woodsy reimagining of a lodge hidden away in the Rocky Mountains - you definitely don't feel like you're vacationing in Florida! A major draw of this particular resort is the quick ferry service to Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, but that certainly doesn't mean there's not fun to be had on-site. Especially of interest are the two major dining options - Artist's Point and Whispering Canyon Cafe.

Next week, we'll tackle what makes our next three Floridian resorts so tempting! Be sure to check back next Monday for the rundown, as well as to see which region we'll cover next!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Top 5 Spring Food Festivals

Get ready to tempt your taste buds! Each spring America puts on the yummiest food and wine events. Here are the top 5 spring food festivals around the United States worth checking out on your next timeshare rental:

1. Mississippi Coast Coliseum Crawfish Music Festival (April 17-20 and 24-27): Talk about a pairing: Crawfish and the Blues. At the Crawfish Music Festival attendees enjoy delicious Southern crawfish with potatoes and corn, national headlining musical artists, carnival rides and on the second weekend discover the crawfish cook-off!
Web: Mississippi Crawfish Music Festival
Location: Biloxi, MS

2. The Austin Food & Wine Festival (April 25-27): The Lone Star State sure knows how to celebrate food. At the Austin Food and Wine Festival visitors get to watch celebrity chef demos, enjoy live music, and taste Tex-Mex and whiskey. Cowboy boots are optional.
Web: The Austin Food & Wine Festival
Location: Austin, TX

3. Vegas Uncork’d (May 8-11): This popular food event put on by Bon App├ętit sells out fast! Vegas Uncork'd is a culinary feast chock full of celebrity chefs, high-end after parties, and luxe wine events. It's dubbed the ultimate wine and food experience for culinary lovers.
Web: Vegas Uncork’d
Location: Las Vegas, NV

4. Annual Italian Market Festival (May 17-18): For those that don't know, the Annual Italian Market Festival is the oldest outdoor Italian market in the United States. Disover the fresh taste of homemade melt-in-your-mouth pasta, enjoy live entertainment, and crafts. Added bonus: You can even experience the Annual Procession of Saints.
Web: Philadelphia Annual Italian Market Festival
Location: Philadelphia, PA

5. New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (May 21-24): This vibrant city puts on one of the largest wine tastings in the United States. The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (pictured) features samplings of the best wines paired with exquisite food. Since New Orleans is the birth place of Creole you'll be sure to taste amazing local cuisine!
Web: New Orleans Wine & Food Experience
Location: New Orleans, LA

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Top 25 Resorts Spotlight - The Best of Hawaii (Part Two)

Last week, we introduced you to RedWeek members' four favorite Hawaiian resorts. With a total of eight resorts in our Top 25 representing Hawaii, we decided to tackle the other half in today's post. Let's continue where we left off with our fifth-ranking Hawaiian resort...

Marriott's Maui Ocean Club - Lahaina Villas

Last week we explored the main building of Marriott's Maui Ocean Club. However, the more recently-added Lahaina Villas are nearly as popular as their parent resort. The Lahaina Villas borrow from the spirit of the original Ocean Club while also embracing a brighter, breezier decor and adding in full-scale kitchens to the units. Best of all, guests to the Villas retain access to all of the enticing amenities offered at Marriott's Maui Ocean Club.

Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club

Resting against the sands of Poipu Beach, Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club encompasses the splendor of Kauai. The resort itself is nestled amongst of waterfalls and lagoons and lush, tropical plant life - and the beach is right outside the door. The Beach Club has no shortages of activities either; you can choose to explore all the attractions Kauai has to offer, or indulge in all that can be done right on-site. With pools, a restaurant, marketplace cafe, fitness center and private lanais in every unit, that's quite a tempting thought.

Marriott's Maui Ocean Club - Napili Villas

Sister resort to the enthusiastically-recieved Marriott's Maui Ocean Club - Lahaina Villas, the Napili Villas offers even more of the roomier, kitchen-included villas that owners have come to adore. Just like Lahaina's guests, those staying in the Napili Villas have full access to all of the Ocean Club's amenities.

Kaanapali Beach Club

Kaanapali Beach Club always ranks high on our Top 25 lists, and for good reason. While it's not attached to any of the big-name resort developers, that doesn't stop Kaanapali Beach Club from being a perennial favorite amongst our members. Between a fantastic location right on the beach and gorgeously furnished rooms that capture the essence of Hawaii, Kaanapali Beach Club holds its own against even the biggest resorts year after year.

Next week, we'll be looking into the resorts that represent Florida on our Top 25 list, including this year's first place pick!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Top 5 Places to Travel with Pets

On your next timeshare rental take along your pet! These five cities cater to man's best friend with fun for you and your pooch! Whether it's a park, a beach, or even a store this list will help you find things to do with your mutt while on vacation! Check out these pet-friendly cities:

1: Orlando, FL: Did you know that many of Disney World's theme parks will pet-sit for you while you enjoy the attractions? Disney offers five kennels: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, The Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and Fort Wilderness. The kennels charge $14-$18 a day. Insider Tip: Disney offers a pet resort, which features luxury suites, grooming, and even a doggy day camp!
Web: Walt Disney World Resort Pet Boarding / Kennels.
Location: Multiple locations at Disney World, Orlando, FL.

2: Portland, OR: Portland is an off-leash mecca where your pooch is free to roam. The city offers 20 city parks for dogs and The City of Roses is known for its dog- friendly attractions such as the Grotto. In July, the Grotto hosts a Blessing of the Animals. You can even take your pet the Shemanski Fountain (between Main and Salmon right downtown) for a drink in low water basins.
Web: The Grotto.
Location: NE 85th and Sandy Blvd. Portland, OR.

3: New York City, NY: New York Dog Tours offers doggy-and-me excursions through Central Park. They will even take you to other parts of town with your pet including the West Side, Midtown, and downtown. If you venture over to Brooklyn your dog can take a dip at the pool in Prospect Park. And for those who like to shop your pet can escort you on trips to Saks Fifth Avenue and Tiffany's.
Web: NY Dog Tours.
Location: Upper West Side, NYC.

4. San Diego, CA: Several beaches in San Diego allow pets. Head to Dog Beach, let your mutt roam free, and have fun throwing a frisbee to your pooch (this beach is open 24 hours!). If you want to go shopping the Otay Ranch Town Shopping Center offers a doggy park and pet-sitting for a small charge. After a long day give your dog a treat. Venture over to Paw Pleasers, a bakery just for dogs! Insider Tip: In the summer (July) go to a Padres game during the annual Dog Days of Summer event where your pooch is the featured guest.
Web: Dog Beach - Ocean Beach.
Location: Voltaire Street, San Diego, CA.

5. Colorado Springs, CO: This city offers seven public dog parks. For a special treat, head out to Red Rock Canyon where your pooch can hike with you on a dog- friendly trail that features two dog loops where your pet can run free unleashed. Your dog is also welcome at the Manitou Cliff Dwellings and at the Bear Creek Nature Center.
Web: Red Rock Canyon.
Location: 3550 W. High St., Colorado Springs, CO.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Top 25 Resorts Spotlight - The Best of Hawaii (Part One)

In light of our recently released Top 25 Timeshare Rental Resorts List, we're going to spend the next few weeks checking out some of the top-ranking resorts by location. This week, we take a look at RedWeek members' favorite resorts in Hawaii. With a total of eight separate properties making the list, we decided to cover four at a time to give a more in-depth look at what makes these resorts so desirable.

Marriott's Maui Ocean Club

Based in Lahaina, Marriott's Maui Ocean Club has long been a favorite among RedWeek members and boasts one of the largest rental posting counts of any resort. Marriott's Maui Ocean Club carries a strong focus on relaxing and taking in all that beautiful Maui has to offer. Nestled right up alongside Ka'anapali Beach, the Ocean Club offers classic beachside fun as well a host of shopping and dining opportunities in the nearby Whaler Village. Perhaps the biggest draw of Marriott's Maui Ocean Club is the 3.5 acre superpool complete with a water slide, waterfalls, children's area and a poolside bar.

Also, be sure to check out Marriott's Maui Ocean Club - Lahaina Villas and Marriott's Maui Ocean Club - Napili Villas for units with full kitchens.

Marriott's Ko Olina Beach Club

On the western shore of Oahu, Marriott's Ko Olina Beach Club truly embraces the spirit of water; the resort is ringed by seven lagoons as well as countless waterfalls and fountains. A host of tropical gardens and native flora only enhance the hidden-paradise vibe of the Ko Olina Beach Club and lend a exotic feel to the property's numerous pools and whirlpools, poolside bar and grill, full-service marina and wedding chapel. Situated just thirty minutes from downtown Honolulu, there's plenty to keep any group occupied - snorkeling, windsurfing, sushi dining, helicopter rides and the staple favorite; lounging under the sun.

The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas

Tucked tightly against Ka'anapali Beach, The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas holds true to its namesake. With unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean as well as the island of Lana'i and Moloka'i, The Westin Ka'anapali focuses on providing guests with luxury in one of Hawaii's most beautiful getaways. The Spa Helani onsite is part of Westin's Heavenly Spa chain and assures guests the utmost pampering, while one of the fully-equipped Westin Workout Centers keeps you feeling as great as you look.

Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Hilton Hawaiian Village

Situated oceanside on Honolulu's famed beach Waikiki, Hilton Hawaiian Village seeks to provide everything needed for the perfect Hawaiian vacation. There's six pools and a waterpark, twenty separate restaurants and bars, scenic grounds with exotic wildlife and gardens, ninety boutiques and specialty stores, Mandara Spa and daily activities that range from hula lessons to giving surfing a shot - and it's all onsite. Guests testify that getting away from the resort to experience the rest of the area is a challenge in and of itself!

This is only the first installment of many more to come in out Top 25 series! Check out next week's post to get an in-depth peek at which other Hawaiian resorts made our list!

Friday, February 07, 2014

Top 5 Things to Do in February 2014

Headed out on vacation this February? Here are events worth checking out in California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Florida this month. Stay in a nearby timeshare and don’t miss these February 2014 events:

1. February 8-9: Travel buffs will love the Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show. More than 400 exhibitors are on hand to tempt you with dream destinations. And if you go, you get to meet travel guru Rick Steves. There is even a climbing wall for kids and for kids at heart.
Web: Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show
Location: Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA.

2. February 13 - 16: The North Carolina Auto EXPO (pictured) features a 160,000 square foot show with new production models and concept cars from cars to trucks to sports utility vehicles on display. This show is a hit with car lovers and car enthusiasts. There are tons of cars to grab your attention.
Web: North Carolina Auto EXPO
Location: North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, NC.

3. February 14 – 16: Over 500 national and international artists and exhibitors gather together to celebrate nature. This show is popular with 40,000 attendees over a three-day period. This is the largest wildlife art and nature event in the U.S.
Web: Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
Location: Charleston, SC.

4. February 14-18: The Colonial Willamsburg Antiques Forum (now in its 66th year!) features acclaimed curators, collectors, and dealers who share their best findings on Southern portraiture, cabinetmaking, and silver. Guests can register at the event for optional workshops and private tours of historic homes.
Web: Colonial Williamsburg Antiques Forum 
Location: Williamsburg, VA.

5. February 20-23: Miami Beach beacons with sunshine and wine at the four-day Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival. The event features world-renowned chefs, well-known culinary experts, wineries and spirit producers. Now in its 13th year this event is popular with wine and culinary enthusiasts and those who are new to wine.
Web: Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival 
Location: South Beach, FL.

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Monday, February 03, 2014

RedWeek Announces 7th Annual Top 25 Timeshare Rental Resorts List

The year's favorite RedWeek Rental - Disney's Beach
Club Villas!
For the seventh year running, we've released our annual Top 25 Timeshare Rental Resorts List! The resorts that make this list are considered to be some of the most desirable by our userbase of over 1.9 million! Without any further ado, let's see who made the list for 2014!

  1. Disney's Beach Club Villas - Lake Buena Vista, Florida 
  2. Harborside Resort at Atlantis - Paradise Island, Bahamas 
  3. Disney's BoardWalk Villas – Lake Buena Vista, Florida 
  4. Marriott's Maui Ocean Club – Lahaina, Hawaii 
  5. Marriott's Aruba Surf Club – Palm Beach, Aruba 
  6. Marriott's Ko Olina Beach Club – Kapolei, Hawaii 
  7. The Manhattan Club – New York City, New York 
  8. Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club – Palm Beach, Aruba 
  9. Marriott's Newport Coast Villas – Newport Coast, California 
  10. The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas – Lahaina, Hawaii 
  11. Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge – Lake Buena Vista, Florida 
  12. Costa Linda Beach Resort – Oranjestad, Aruba 
  13. Marriott's Grande Ocean – Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 
  14. Hilton Grand Vacations Club (HGVC) at Hilton Hawaiian Village – Honolulu, Hawaii 
  15. Disney's Old Key West Resort – Lake Buena Vista, Florida 
  16. Marriott's Maui Ocean Club - Lahaina Villas – Lahaina, Hawaii 
  17. Marriott's OceanWatch Villas at Grande Dunes – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 
  18. Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club – Koloa, Hawaii 
  19. Marriott's Ocean Pointe – Palm Beach Shores, Florida 
  20. The Royal Sands – Cancun, Mexico 
  21. Playa Linda Beach Resort – Palm Beach, Aruba 
  22. Marriott's Maui Ocean Club - Napili Villas – Lahaina, Hawaii 
  23. The Westin St. John - Virgin Grand Villas – St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands 
  24. Kaanapali Beach Club – Lahaina, Hawaii 
  25. Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort - West Village – Kissimmee, Florida

So what's new from last year's edition? We see the top five resorts from 2013's list all took their same places. Disney Vacation Club and Marriott properties almost never fail to disappoint, and Harborside at Atlantis is a perennial favorite with almost all visitors. From number six and on, things shake up a little. The Manhattan Club and Marriott's Ko Olina Beach Club shifted places, and Marriott's Newport Coast Villas jumped from number twelve to number nine. Meanwhile, HGVC at Hilton's Hawaiian Village slipped from the former number nine spot down to fourteen. Our newcomer to the list in 2014 is Marriott's Maui Ocean Club - Napili Villas, which edged 2013's Galleon Resort out of the running.

What resorts will make the list for 2015? Were there any you were surprised to see didn't end up in the running? Let us know!