Building more Timeshare Units at Massanutten Resort

For more than 30 years, the Massanutten Resort has welcomed vacationers to the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in McGaheysville, Virginia. Now, this popular timeshare vacation destination, is planning to expand as this week the Rockingham County board of supervisors approved their request to build more timeshare units.

The current properties at the Massanutten Resort are: Mountainside Villas, Eagle Trace, Eagle Trace at Killy Court, Shenandoah Villas, Shenandoah Villas at Killy Court, The Summit, Summit Hillside, Summit Sunrise, Woodstone Meadows, Woodstone Casa de Campo. The plans show construction of 27 new buildings, and each will contain 12 timeshare units.

“The continued modification of the facilities at Massanutten Village is of extreme importance to the entire county both from a tax basis, an employment basis, and the general welfare of the county’s basis,” said Attorney Clark on behalf of the timeshare company during an interview with WHS TV.

From Massanutten Peak, you can gaze out over panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounding valley. If you enjoy skiing, golfing, swimming, hiking or just relaxing, then this is the perfect resort for you and your family. They even have a 42,000 square foot Water Park which has both indoor and outdoor fun water activities. There’s something to do in Massanutten year round! Find Massanutten timeshares.

Tips for Renting Floating Timeshare Weeks

In general, when you are looking to rent a timeshare, you’ll notice there are two different types of weeks: fixed and floating. With a fixed week, the owner will have the same week each year (i.e. week 52 or week 35). Alternatively, the owner of a floating week can choose any week they want, within a given season, and dependent upon availability at the resort.

When planning your vacation and searching for timeshare rentals online, you can tell if a week is fixed or floating by the availability dates listed. Fixed weeks will have a specific seven-day period shown, such as Dec. 21, 2009 - Dec. 28, 2009. Floating weeks display a much longer timeframe of availability, such as Sep 25, 2009 - Dec 31, 2010.

When renting a floating week, you’ll want to be sure to contact the owner and ask them to check with the resort to determine if there are any date restrictions (i.e. holidays). Also, keep in mind that just because the week you want is listed on the site, it does not necessarily mean that the unit is available at that time. This is because the resort is also taking requests from other floating week timeshare owners. You must have the owner contact the resort to verify that your preferred week is still available. Weeks fill up early, so it is best to plan your vacation and attempt to book floating weeks as far in advance as possible.

Disney is Free On Your Birthday in 2009

Start your birthday off right with the most magical birthday present of all, free admission to a Disney Park on your birthday in 2009. For those who haven’t already heard, you can visit Disneyland® in California or Walt Disney World® in Florida and receive FREE entrance to the theme park on your birthday. All you have to do in advance is go to the Disneyparks website, choose the park you plan to visit, and register your name. On the site you can create a free account where you will register your birthday and anyone else’s in your household as well, including your children. Print the confirmation message you receive and be sure to bring it, along with proper ID to the gate at the Theme Park you chose on the very day of your birthday, 2009. You will also receive an email reminder two weeks prior to the date (in case you misplace your confirmation sheet) which you can also print for entry. What’s great is that if you already happen to be an annual Passholder, or already have a Multi-Day ticket you plan to use on your birthday, just bring the Free Admission on Your Birthday confirmation paper and proper ID with you to a designated Will Call window so you can choose an exciting free birthday gift instead.

Now, you’ve decided you can’t pass up this great opportunity for a free birthday ticket to a Disney Theme Park, but you need a place to stay. Here are a few suggestions for timeshare rentals in Orlando and Anaheim.

Orlando, Florida
Sheraton Vistana Resort is only one mile from Walt Disney World and offers 135 acres of lush tropical landscaping, fountains, lakes, and waterfalls. But that's just the beginning. You’ll be impressed by the seven outdoor swimming pools, eight outdoor whirlpools, three game rooms, four children's playgrounds, and 13 lighted tennis courts to guarantee that you will never be bored at this resort. The villas offer both 1- and 2-bedroom floor plans, and you will appreciate such details as separate living and dining areas, private bedrooms with their own bathrooms, and fully-equipped kitchens (or kitchenette). See other Orlando timeshares.

Anaheim, California
Dolphin's Cove Resort is located within walking distance of Disneyland (less than one mile). It offers delightful, open space condominium style rooms, with large units and balconies. The grounds are well-landscaped and the area is quaint and relaxing. When you are not at the theme park, you’ll enjoy a great kid-friendly amenities package and family oriented pool activities. You can even see the Disney fireworks from the resort. See other Anaheim timeshares.

It’s Art Festival Time in Laguna Beach

Summer is here, which means it’s time to travel to California for an annual visit to historic Laguna Beach, to see the art festivals. Since the first painting was created in 1878, the exquisite natural beauty of Laguna Beach has been a magnet for artists, who supported themselves by selling their artwork to tourists who flocked to the beach for vacation. By the early 1900s, the village had gained a reputation as an art colony, and in 1918, with a population of only 300 residents, the community established the Laguna Art Association to promote and support the fine arts. Laguna Beach has a lot to offer visitors year round with their beautiful beaches, quaint antique shops, art galleries and studios, restaurants and a small old movie theatre. But, June 26th, Laguna kicks off their annual art festivals, which is expected to attract over 200,000 visitors from across the country, now through the end of August. You’ll experience a cozy, home town feeling in Laguna Beach, and the artists are happy for you to attend one or all three of the festivals to see and buy their wonderful, hand made, original creations.

Here’s a little more about each festival and how each is special:

Sawdust Art Festival
Since its inception, the nonprofit, Sawdust Art Festival organization has celebrated and supported the work of local artists and is designed to both entertain and educate visitors. Stroll and shop along sawdust-covered paths through a hand-crafted village of fine arts and superb craftsmanship. The Festival also features demo booths such as glass blowing, complimentary hands-on art workshops where you can create your own masterpieces, a children’s art booth, refreshments from three restaurants, live music and more. All forms of fine arts and crafts will be on display including: Ceramics, Art glass, Watercolor and Oil painting, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Illustrating, Clothing, Photography, Print, and Furniture.

Nestled in a colorful garden setting in romantic Laguna Canyon, the Art-A-Fair Festival is where you’ll find treasures from national artists. An exciting variety of two and three dimensional art is represented including oils, watercolors, pastels, acrylics, drawings, mixed media, photography, sculpture, jewelry glassworks, pottery, and furniture. Special artist demonstrations and lectures are highlighted where you can see first hand how artistic masterpieces are created from conception to completion. Free workshops and supervised children's art activities are offered on: mask painting, sketching, foil painting, scratchboard, watercolor, and colored pencil techniques. Gourmet lunches and dinners are available by the waterfall in a pleasant outdoor setting.

Festival of Arts with Pageant of the Masters
The Festival of Arts has matured into a world-renowned cultural institution with a mission to promote, produce, and sponsor events and activities that encourage the appreciation, study and performance of the arts. Originally started in 1932, this festival displays over 140 of the Southland’s most accomplished artists. It is a rigorously juried show, requiring artists to demonstrate and maintain very high aesthetic standards. The artworks represent a wide spectrum of art media including: paintings, sculpture, pastels, drawings, serigraphs, photographs, ceramics, jewelry, etched and stained glass, fiber arts, handcrafted furniture and even scrimshaw. All of the works are original art for sale and opens July 5th.

The Pageant of the Masters is truly a special experience, not to be missed. Sitting in an outdoor amphitheater, accompanied by a professional orchestra, and live narration, you’ll see ninety minutes of "living pictures" you won’t believe even when you see them. The performance is incredible. Real people are posing (and painted) to look exactly like their counterparts in original classical and contemporary masterworks. After viewing these life sized art re-creations, you’ll leave asking yourself, “were those really live people in each piece”? It’s visually stunning. Shows start July 8th.

So, now you’re convinced that you must take a trip to Laguna Beach this year and experience their famous art festivals that are like no other. Here’s a few suggestions on where to stay in Laguna Beach. Bring your sketchbook. You might be inspired!

It’s Time to Vacation in Mexico

When you think about sun, sand and relaxation, a vacation in Mexico definitely comes to mind. And, if you are travelling with family, a Mexico timeshare rental is what you should be looking at. In case you didn’t know it, renting a timeshare from an owner can save you money on your vacation, up to half as much as you’d pay on a travel website. And timeshare units are much more spacious. Here are some of our favorite resorts, in the top three cities in Mexico, that are sure to provide a wonderful travel experience for you and your family.

The Grand Mayan Acapulco hotel is located in the exclusive Acapulco Diamante Zone, which features beautiful gardens, a lake, and the majestic "Mayan Temple." Swim in the largest swimming pool in the world, or play tennis on one of 12 different courts. This hotel also features a spectacular 18-hole par-72 golf course, restaurants, and all the amenities you need to enjoy your best vacation. See Acapulco timeshares.

Pueblo Bonito Resort in Mazatlan, is nestled on a natural bay of the Pacific Ocean and a scenic peninsula. The interior of the rooms is decorated with a casual, elegant Mediterranean style. When visiting Mazatlan, you’ll enjoy a wide variety of outdoor tours, activities, and shopping. Because this resort is right on the beach, they offer all kinds of water sports as well. Two huge courtyards surround free-form swimming pools, and when dining, you won’t want to miss trying the local seafood fare. See Mazatlan timeshares.

Puerto Vallarta
Club Regina Puerto Vallarta at Westin sits in a charming old city that is rich with history. Overlooking the Bahia de Banderas, Puerto Vallarta, once a quaint fishing village, is now one of Mexico’s most enticing and vibrant seaside resort towns. Enjoy the beauty of the coconut palms, take advantage of the daily planned activities and enjoy the tranquil pools. For more attractions, the resort is just 15 minutes from downtown. See Puerto Vallarta timeshares.

Why Myrtle Beach Should be Your Next Vacation Destination

Why should you visit Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for a great vacation? Because you’ll find endless entertainment and attractions, both on and off the beach. Yahoo! Travel voted it one of the top 10 places for families to visit in the U.S. Naturally, the fun in Myrtle Beach starts on the beach, which is the area's most popular attraction. There are sixty miles of sandy beaches that provide endless things to do such as: Jet Skiing, Banana Boat Rides, Parasailing, Kayaking, Dolphin Watching Tours, Sailboat Tours and Rentals, Scuba Diving, Surfing, Sunset Cruises, as well as Ocean and Bay Fishing.

But there's also a wide range of other activities awaiting you. The kids will love the miniature golf courses, or you can head out to one of 100 scenic and unique golf courses to play 18 holes. For amusement parks and attractions, try: Family Kingdom’s seaside amusement park where you pay per ride, Ripley’s Aquarium, Pavilion Nostalgia Park and Myrtle Waves Water Park, to name a few.

Myrtle Beach is also home to a number of award winning annual festivals such as the Canadian-American Days Festival, the Sun Fun Festival which kicks off summer, the Beach Boogie & BBQ Festival, the Grand Strand Fishing Rodeo which runs from April to October, and the Christmas Towne holiday festival. All of these Myrtle Beach festivals are free to visitors.

So, now you know why you should travel to Myrtle Beach, but where should you stay? Try renting a Myrtle Beach timeshare for a spacious room with all the comforts of home. Here’s a few suggestions:

Marriott Oceanwatch Villas
When you arrive at the Marriott’s Oceanwatch Villas, you’ll be in awe of the majestic oaks lined up along a canopied walkway at the entrance. This property, located in the exclusive Grande Dunes master-planned community, is unlike any resort you have ever been to before. Set amid stately southern homes, it promises to be the finest luxury vacation you and your family will ever experience. Enjoy all the activities that water and land have to offer at this beautiful resort which combines the feel of a southern mansion with a Mediterranean-style villa.

Wyndham Ocean Boulevard
In North Myrtle Beach, the Wyndham Ocean Boulevard timeshare is the perfect choice for a vacation rental any time of the year. You’ll love to have the whole family pedaling up and down the beach on bikes, stopping for ice cream cones and yummy boardwalk burgers. Pick up shells and sharks teeth on the beach and enjoy a beautiful sun rise over the Atlantic. The resort is fully furnished, and many feature amenities such as washer/dryer, private whirlpool spas, fireplaces, and VCRs.

Like the tide of the Atlantic ocean, you’ll find yourself drawn back to the shores of Myrtle Beach, again and again, bringing new expectations and welcoming new memories each time. Visit the Official Myrtle Beach web site for more things to do and places to see.

Does Your Police Department Offer Vacation Watch?

Summer is here and many people are getting ready to pack their bags and go out of town on vacation. It’s always fun to plan for and go on a trip, but, many worry about leaving their homes unoccupied. One item on your preparation checklist should be to call, visit or go online to your local Police Department to sign up for their free "Vacation Watch" program. Many don’t realize that their police department may offer this free service.

When you sign up for this program, a police officer will check the exterior of your residence daily during the dates you specify when you are out of town. If any sign of forced entry or unexpected change (such as storm damage to your property) occurs, the police officer will refer the information provided on the form you filled out, and notify the emergency contacts you provided.

Chief Dwight Ingle, of the Clarksville Indiana Police Department, said that his department offers this free service. Police officers will drive by and check a house between one and three times a day while a family is out of town. “It makes people feel a lot more comfortable,” Ingle said. “It’s a good service for people.”

Extra police presence in neighborhoods can assist in deterring burglaries, but the biggest benefit of the Vacation Watch service is that people can be notified quickly if there is a problem. They also recommend that mail and newspaper delivery is stopped while you are on vacation and that you remember to leave key with one of your specified emergency contacts.

To see if your police department offers a service like this, give them a call, or do a search online for “vacation watch” or “police department vacation house checks”. Many of the police departments who do offer this service have a form you can fill out online, or you can stop by their office to fill out and submit your form. You must also notify them if you come back early for any reason. So, rest assured, relax and have a wonderful vacation.

Take a Historic Family Vacation to Boston

If you’re planning a family vacation to Boston, you won’t want to miss a walk along the historic Freedom Trail. There is no other place in the United States where you can experience so much of America’s Revolutionary history and learn about the people and events that led up to the forming of our national government as they broke away from Britain.

The Freedom Trail is a red-brick walking trail that leads you leisurely down a 2.5 mile path, where you’ll visit 16 nationally significant historic sites. It is a “unique collection of museums, churches, meeting houses, burying grounds, parks, a ship, and historic markers that tell the story of the American Revolution and beyond.”

While in Boston, consider staying at Marriott's Custom House, located on 3 McKinley Square, right in the heart of the freedom trail in downtown Boston. This hotel building, which also offers timeshare rooms, is an architectural gem with a stunning open-air observation deck that provides a 360 degree panoramic view of the harbor and city. Guests will enjoy the 24-hour full service concierge, exercise room, and laundry facilities on site. Parking is very expensive, so, you’ll be glad to leave your car behind as you set out on your walking adventure. And, if you need a quicker way around the city the trolley and subway are very close by. A grocery store is also just a 15 minute walk away, perfect for saving money on restaurant costs when traveling with your family.

Try Disney’s BoardWalk Villas for a Great Family Vacation

Come to Lake Buena Vista, Florida and stay at the Disney’s BoardWalk Villas timeshare for a fun family vacation surrounded by charming turn of the century ambience. Take a stroll down the 1930's Eastern seaboard-style boardwalk and relish in the charm of old Americana. The great daytime activities available on the BoardWalk are too numerous to count. Slide down the 200-foot long Keister Coaster water slide, go fishing, rent a surrey bike, hang out on the lake, shoot some hoops, play tennis, or shop to your heart’s content. The night life on the Boardwalk is different experience as well. That’s when the jugglers and musicians come out to entertain you and you can see fireworks from the nearby theme parks.

Disney's BoardWalk Villas timeshares offers one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, and smaller studio accommodations (which are still very spacious). The studio timeshares sleep four featuring a queen size bed, double-size sleeper sofa and kitchenette. The one, two, and three bedroom timeshares offer a master suite with king-size bed and whirlpool tub, queen-size sleeper sofa in the living area, fully-equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, and a private porch or balcony. Additional bedrooms offer either a queen bed or double-size sleeper sofa.

It's an easy walk to both Epcot and MGM Studios or you can take the boat launch to get there for another fun activity. Food choices are everywhere along the boardwalk to stop and eat or get a drink. Sports fans will love the ESPN Club. Try the fresh catch of the day at Flying Fish Café, go family style at Spoodles restaurant (a popular favorite). You can even sip a drink poolside at Leaping Horse Libations. Experience the magic of Disney at this wonderful timeshare resort and enjoy a memorable family vacation.

How the Economy is Effecting Airlines and Travel

In a recent article from the Associated Press, it was reported that U.S. airlines are holding steady in this economy. This is due to the fact that many filed, or were close to filing bankruptcy in the last downturn, and they were forced to take a close look at their business. At that time, they reduced debt and cut labor costs so they emerged leaner and with fewer liabilities. This is helping them to weather the recession storm fairly well, though they are still faced with challenges.

Even with all those changes years ago, all the major U.S. Airline carriers lost money last year, except Southwest, and it is estimated that the worldwide airline industry will lose $9 billion this year. Even the reduction in the price of jet fuel is not helping because with no one paying for airline tickets, fuel costs are a mute point. Airlines are holding their own by stocking cash. Southwest has sold several jets and leased them back. US Airways Group Inc., and JetBlue Airways Corp. raised money by selling debt that could be converted to stock.

Reduction in passengers is the biggest problem. Noticeably people are traveling less. Business travelers have been grounded, or if they do fly are no longer sitting in first-class seats. Many personal leisure travelers are concerned about losing their jobs and have also reduced their travelling habits. In an effort to save money, American and Delta announced their plan to make even deeper cuts once the summer vacation season has passed, offering fewer flights or using smaller planes. Unfortunately, fewer flights means fewer jobs as there is less need for pilots, flight attendants and airplane mechanics.

Those who do choose to travel will be pleased to encounter some of the cheapest travel prices in years! Carriers have slashed summer fares in an effort to lure vacation hungry travelers out of hiding, so, for those who are willing, great deals are out there for the taking. This should be great news to those with vacation ownership, knowing that you can benefit from reduced airline fares as you book travel to your timeshare resort.

So, we can’t look to airlines to provide jobs to bolster the economy, but, it appears we can expect them to provide cheap air fare rates and if that will get people travelling again, that does help the economy through money spent in the tourism industry.

Timeshare Exchanges Give you Travel Choices

Take control of your vacation ownership and exchange your week for another property anywhere around the world! Airline fares are cheap right now, so, it’s the perfect time to consider timeshare exchange to finally visit that dream destination you’ve been planning for awhile. When looking for an exchange program, you’ll want the type that allows you to search online and find the week you want before you deposit your week. And, if you end up exchanging for a lesser week, you should be able to keep the remaining points, not forfeit them. Most will also allow you to purchase additional points, if needed, to get the week you really desire. So, now you’re ready… where should you go? Here’s a few great travel choices:

Cayman Islands Timeshare:
Travel to the Carribean and stay at the Morritt's Tortuga Club on the beautiful Grand Cayman Island. There you’ll find a beautiful beachside vacation home where you can relax on the silky sand or by the pool. The crystalline offshore waters are filled with spectacular coral and other marine life you can experience while scuba diving or on a submarine tour. The resort offers complete diving, snorkeling, and windsurfing programs for outdoor activities, plus great nightly entertainment.

Spain Timeshare:
Club Bena Vista in Spain, on the Costa del Sol, is a five minute stroll to the beach and within easy driving distance of Marbella and Puerto Banus. Set in beautifully maintained landscaped gardens, the secluded accommodation reflects the local Andalusia architecture with terracotta roof tiles and whitewashed walls. Bena Vista has its own shopping arcade with everything you might need including a: supermarket, butcher, baker and a fine selection of restaurants and café bars. Green fee discounts are available for residents of the resort at the nearby 18 hole El Paraiso golf course, designed by Gary Player.

Canada Timeshare:
Visit Ontario, Canada and stay in the Heart of the Beaver Valley at The Royal Harbour Resort. Nestled around a lovely natural harbor you’ll enjoy year-round activities such as: swimming at Georgian Bay, the world's longest freshwater beach; or skiing at Blue Mountain, Ontario's largest Alpine Ski area. You may also enjoy: sailing charters, hiking, fishing, snowshoeing, and shopping. On the resort itself you’ll find an indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, and fitness room in addition to tennis and biking.

Timeshare Owners Concerned if Four Seasons Leaves the Aviara Resort

Broadreach, the owners of the Aviara hotel in Carlsbad, CA, and its operator, The Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, are in dispute due to a claim that they are failing to run the hotel in a “cost-effective manner.” Those who own a timeshare at the Residence Club are concerned about what this means to their vacation experience. Many purchased their units due to the five-star brand the Four Seasons holds, and without that, their investment might be greatly reduced under a new facilities operator.

“People are definitely concerned, and everyone I've heard from is not happy about it,” said Steve Tuttle, who owns a week at the Four Seasons Residence Club at the Aviara resort. “You buy into a lifestyle that now has the potential to be seriously altered. I worry the maintenance fees may go up and access to hotel facilities could be altered.”

The Aviara resort is a luxurious property with 132 Spanish-style villas, upscale furnishings, an Arnold Palmer-designed golf course, tennis courts, fine dining, 5-Star service, and an “acclaimed spa”. Broadreach proposes to replace the Four Seasons with the much lesser-known Dolce Hotels and Resorts, a New Jersey company in which Broadreach has a majority stake. This dispute between Broadreach and Four Seasons is now in arbitration, which is scheduled to resume in late June.

(Photo by Charlie Neuman, Union-Tribune, shows a view of the pool at the Four Seasons Residence Club in Carlsbad.)

Top Players in Timeshare Industry are Making Changes

With the recent economic downturn, the top players in the timeshare industry are making big changes to their business models. Here’s how Wyndham Worldwide, Marriott International and Starwood are tightening their belts.

Wyndham Worldwide
Wyndham is cutting a reported 4,000 jobs in its timeshare division due to a lack of financing. The company, whose brands also include Super 8 and Ramada, are estimating a drop in overall sales this fiscal year. They reported $2 billion in sales for 2008, and are expecting $1.2 billion in 2009. Financing options will be limited for those looking to buy Wyndham timeshares as well. Previously, if you were willing to buy a timeshare, simply signing the papers was enough to complete the transaction. But now a more stringent credit approval has been put into place and their 90% financing options are no longer available.

Marriott International
Many timeshare companies, such as Marriott, are now demanding that buyers have higher down payments and good credit scores to qualify for a loan. Only about half of all buyers are eligible to receive financing from Marriott, down from 80% previously. Also, the down payment required for a timeshare purchase amount has increased from 15 to 20% up from the 10 to 15% that was once the standard.

Starwood Vacation Ownership
Starwood reports the least amount of cut backs and changes. But, in an effort to “watch every dollar” they have reduced some of their owner incentives, like the free nights program.

All businesses, timeshare specific and otherwise, are riding out this economic storm the best way they can. It’s actually good that companies are being forced to take a hard look at their costs to do business. By getting out of their comfort zone and drilling down all aspects of their P & L, they will emerge running better and stronger than before, and when the economy does turn around, they will be in a better position to grow their business accordingly and add more value to their customers.

Timeshare Owners Can Rest Assured in This Economy

It’s been reported that despite the current economic recession the timeshare industry remains steady. What does this mean to you as a timeshare owner? Globally more hotels are allocating a portion of their rooms to timeshare units, because vacation owners represent a growing segment of the population that are still travelling in these tough times. This is due to the fact that timeshare owners have already acquired their points and paid their annual fees for their units, so, put simply, they already have a pre-paid vacation and are much more likely to use it than someone who does not.

People still want to take vacations, even in this challenging economy. Whether they feel they can afford to or not, the desire is there. And, considering the amount of stress most people are under, what better way is there to relax and renew your spirit than to visit a friendly and inviting resort focused on personal touches and value-added amenities. These are the things a timeshare resort can provide.

Hotels and resorts are finding the need to very competitive in this economy because the reality is that there are fewer travelers out there. Those that can add more attractive amenities will be the ones that get the visitors. The result? Timeshare owners win. And, with 5,000 resorts in almost 100 countries around the world, a timeshare owners choices are endless.

July 4th Vacation Planning – Last Minute Timeshare Rental Deals

The kids are getting out of school, which means summer is here! If you haven’t already started, it’s time to plan your July 4th vacation getaway. In this economy, everyone wants to save money on travel, and timeshare rentals can do just that. You can even find some great last minute deals. Here’s a few suggestions for a fun and festive fourth of July:

Marriott's Custom House, Boston
Enjoy the beauty and architectural style of this resort which boasts an open-air observation deck that provides a 360 degree panoramic view of the harbor and city! Within walking distance to the historical harbor, this resort is perfect for enjoying the local July 4th festivities. You’ll find more than 200 events to celebrate Independence Day, including the Boston Harborfest which includes Children’s Day and Chowderfest. Marriott's Custom House timeshare rentals start at $143/night.

Wyndham Harbour Lights, San Diego
Located in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter downtown, this property will keep you centrally located for all the July 4th activities. Go over the bridge to Coronado Island for their July 4th Parade, or visit the San Diego County Fair for the Hometown Heroes parade, patriotic contests, music by Smokey Robinson, and of course, spectacular fireworks. Or, stick close to the resort and view a no-holds-barred pyrotechnics display that shoots fireworks up from floating barges between Harbor and Shelter Islands. Wyndham Harbour Lights timeshare rentals start at $150/night.

Westin St. John Resort and Villas, St. John (U.S. Virgin Islands)
In St. Johns, you’ll be able to celebrate July 3rd and 4th with a number of holiday festivities. July 3rd marks their Emancipation Day where a re-enactment is performed by traditional dancers. After that, they hold a parade, which is one of the biggest events of the St. John Festival. It takes place in Cruz Bay and includes thousands of participants and viewers featuring: mocko jumbies, carnival royalty, and colorfully costumed troupes dancing to music. On July 4th, you find traditional U.S. Independence Day fun, with a stunning fireworks display over Cruz Bay Harbor. Westin St. John Resort timeshare rentals start at $179/night.

I Need to Sell My Timeshare

So you’ve decided it’s time to sell your timeshare. If you're not familiar with the process, personal timeshare re-sales can be a daunting task. Follow these important steps to make the process go smoothly.

How to Sell My Timeshare:
  1. Gather Your Documentation
    Find and review your ownership documents so you know what you actually own. Is your timeshare deeded, right-to-use, or a club property?

  2. Understand Your Restrictions
    Are you required by law to give anyone the first right of refusal upon re-sale of your timeshare? Contact your resort directly to confirm your right to post your unit for resale on your own.

  3. Understand Your Costs
    Find out what transfer fees, if any, your resort may charge you to transfer ownership to someone else. Some companies charge a commission when you sell your unit. Find out beforehand so you are not surprised during the process.

  4. Understand Buyer Restrictions
    Find out if your resort imposes any restrictions on the new buyer because this is a resale transaction. Ie.) The Marriott Vacation Club International, does not allow a resale buyer to participate in their Rewards program.

  5. Describe Your Property
    Prepare an ad description of your property, with photos, detailing as much as possible about: the type of ownership being offered, what is included in your sale and any restrictions if applicable. Online sites are very popular for assisting in these types of transactions. You can also try your local newspaper or check with your resort for re-sale options they may offer.

  6. Protect Your Transaction
    Once you've found a buyer, you’ll want to protect yourself by running the transaction through a secure and convenient third-party escrow company that specializes in timeshare re-sales.

Take a Family Vacation at the Wyndham Grand Desert Timeshare Resort

The Wyndham Grand Desert makes the perfect family vacation destination. Away from the glitz and noise of the Strip, yet still close enough to feel part of the action, this Las Vegas timeshare resort is very family friendly. Their one and two bedroom units come complete with a full kitchen, washer/dryer, air conditioning, wireless Internet, and three outdoor swimming pools, (one just for kids and one exclusively for adults). Special kids’ activities include poolside bingo, evening dive-in movies by the pool, a game room, magic shows, and Kid's Camp. Adults will enjoy the Fairfield black jack tournament, gaming lessons, four outdoor hot tubs, masseuse, exercise facility and discount prices at the Callaway golf driving range.

A recent guest had this to say, “We just got back from Vegas and this resort was amazing. It is great if you are traveling with kids. There is a huge activities room with the Wii, Xbox, air hockey, board games, a computer, and a big screen TV. The staff is wonderful. You are about 2 blocks off the strip. There's a Wal-Mart nearby for food and souvenir shopping. You are centrally located to everything. Would definitely stay here again!!!”

In addition to casinos and gambling entertainment, in Las Vegas can you also visit famous sites around the world! Take a gondola ride in Venice, visit the pyramids of Egypt, ride a roller coaster in New York, or go to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It’s all on the famous Las Vegas Strip. And, don’t forget the wealth of exceptional restaurants and live entertainment shows with famous comedians, singers and spectacle acts.

Celebrate Graduation in a Timeshare Resort

Graduation celebrations are in the air. Whether you or someone you know is graduating from high school, or college, graduation is a special time that deserves a memorable event to celebrate. Getting the family together by renting a timeshare resort is a great graduation gift idea, and because timeshares are so much larger than typical hotel rooms, there will be enough room for everyone.

No matter where you live, there is sure to be a timeshare resort nearby. It may require a few hours, or a day long drive, but, that is also part of the fun of a family vacation, (and in this case celebration), adventure.

If your budget allows, you can always fly to a popular resort location, such as Lake Buena Vista, FL for such great attractions as: Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld. See Lake Buena Vista timeshares. Or, try a visit to San Diego, CA and go to the Wild Animal Park, San Diego Zoo, or choose from their beautiful beaches at: La Jolla, Del Mar or Coronado. See San Diego timeshares. New York City, NY is always a popular destination with its’ great museums, Broadway Shows, Manhattan night life and fine restaurants. See New York timeshares. Or, enjoy the stunning Caribbean in the tropical setting of Cancun, Mexico. Enjoy enjoy many different activities like snorkeling, kayaking, biking, cliff jumping, and Mayan Ruins. See Cancun timeshares.

So, reward your graduate for a job well done and celebrate their bright future ahead with fun family vacation memories that will last a lifetime.

A Timeshare in Hawaii Makes a GREAT Summer Vacation

The minute you get off the plane, you’ll know you are in tropical paradise and on your way to a great summer vacation. You’ll feel the sun on your face, the balmy breezes on your cheeks and smell the fresh plumeria flowers in the air. It's no secret that the Islands of Aloha are a scenic paradise, but what you may not know is that by renting a timeshare, you could have more space and amenities than a hotel room, for about half the cost.

"Hawaii is historically one of the world's most popular summer vacation destinations and this year is an exceptionally good time to visit with the deals and specials in the marketplace for travelers to take advantage of," said John Monahan, president and CEO of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB).

Oahu is the popular island for tourists with a mix of natural and cultural wonders. See pro surfers on the famous North Shore, visit the memorial at Pearl Harbor, or bask in the sun and learn to surf on the legendary beach of Waikiki. See Oahu timeshares.

Hawaii (the Big Island)
Bigger than all of the other islands combined, Hawaii holds 11 of the world’s 13 climactic zones—from sandy beaches to snowcapped mountains. For activities you can: see beautiful rainforests, botanical gardens and waterfalls; try fishing and snorkeling off the Kona Coast; or visit Volcano National Park. See Hawaii timeshares.

For the best beaches in the world, you’ll want to visit the second largest island, Maui. For more incredible scenery, try a long drive up to Hana, or wake up early to catch the sunrise atop Haleakala Crater. See Maui timeshares.

Graced with dramatic, natural beauty, the oldest island of Kauai can offer you great outdoor adventures. See the massive Waimea Canyon, "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific." Take a boat ride out to view the towering cliffs of the Napali Coast. See Kauai timeshares.

Molokai is an island that has preserved its connection to the past and offers many activities for those who love the outdoors. View the lush foliage in beautiful Halawa Valley or visit the Kalaupapa Settlement to learn about the works of Father Damien. See Molokai timeshares.

For more ideas on what to do on your Hawaii vacation, visit their official tourism site and request a free copy of the Hawaii's Official Visitors' Guide.
Photo compliments of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau.

Disney Vacation Club Adds New Timeshare Resorts

The Disney Vacation Club has outdone themselves with three new, and very different, Central Florida timeshare properties: Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village, Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort.
Each resort is unique and has all you’d expect from a magical Disney vacation experience:
  • Kidani Village: Comprised of 492 rooms with spacious accommodations that include kitchenettes/kitchens and multi-bedroom units, this African lodge-style resort features over 30 species of wildlife that roam freely within a 46-acre African savanna.

  • Treehouse Villas: These 60 octagonal, stand-alone suites, which opened June 1, 2009, sit 10 feet off the ground on stilts, nestled in a forest glen. The Villas offer families an intimate retreat with room for nine, and provide all the modern comforts of a Disney Vacation Club experience (see photo).

  • Bay Lake Tower: Opening in August 2009, this new, 15 story property with dramatic views, has been designed to complement the fabled styling of the classic Disney's Contemporary Resort building. It strikes a balance with luxurious modern styling and warm, innovative features. You’ll want to note its’ exclusive and impressive pool which is features a unique water slide wrapped in an intriguing glass block.
Disney is also adding 50 new timeshare units to the Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which are scheduled to open late this year in Anaheim, California. Guests will enjoy rooftop views of the Disneyland fireworks, and typical home-like amenities. Construction has also begun on an 830 room resort in Hawaii, scheduled to open in 2011. More than half of those new rooms will be timeshare units.

Father’s Day Gift Idea - Timeshare Family Vacation

June 21st is almost here. If you are still thinking about what to get Dad this Father’s Day, consider a family vacation in a timeshare. Timeshare resorts are available across the U.S. and around the world, so, your possibilities are endless. You could find something close to home that just requires a short drive, or, fly to an exotic destination for a big adventure. Dad might like the gambling and nightlife a Las Vegas timeshare can offer. Or, perhaps an island getaway on the soft sandy beaches of Waikiki in a Honolulu timeshare would put a smile on his face. As long as the family is together, anywhere would be ideal, and timeshare resorts offer so much more space and amenities for families than standard hotels.

When you choose to celebrate Dad’s special day with the gift of a family vacation, you are not just giving a gift; you are creating memories that last a lifetime. To make the gift even more special, take a lot of pictures and digital videos and put them on a photo sharing web site when you return. Try which has a Share Site feature for free with membership (which is also free). You can even email a link to the site to grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins too and share those precious moments even more.

With a timeshare family vacation, you give the gift of time together for laughing, sharing, and bonding. The beautiful memories you create will be a Father’s Day Dad will not soon forget.

Rent a Timeshare in Tahoe for a Great Year Round Escape

If you're looking for a vacation destination that has it all, then plan a trip to Lake Tahoe. Straddling the states of Nevada and California, this popular destination offers amazing views from pristine mountain tops, world-class skiing and of course, the largest alpine lake in North America.

As you’ll learn from the Official Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureau web site, Lake Tahoe is “a gorgeous result of cataclysmic volcanic and glacial master planning. Lake Tahoe’s North Shore, in particular, is a stunning 180 degree panorama that vividly narrates the impact of that ancient earth shaping. With an average annual snowfall of over 400 inches, 12 world class alpine ski resorts, and the largest concentration of ski resorts in the country, Lake Tahoe winters are the whitest and brightest in North America.”

In addition to winter skiing, throughout the year, you’ll find all kinds of music, art, culinary and athletic events that draw visitors from across the globe: hiking, sailing, canoeing, swimming, water skiing, fishing, camping, golf, tennis, mountain biking, shopping, dining and more. You can also ride a: gondola, speed boat, paddle wheeler, or a hot air balloon. There’s always something to do in Lake Tahoe.

Lake Tahoe Timeshare resorts are available in the North on the California or Nevada side, and in the South as well. Wherever you stay, you are no more than an hour away from any of the 23,000 acres of ski terrain, or the incredibly beautiful Lake.

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