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Balloons Over Bend and Other Oregon Attractions

oregon-coastHow often do you dream of the mystical Pacific Northwest?

Personally, I think about it all the time. My family used to rent a beach house on the Oregon coast each summer and my sister and I would anxiously look forward to our week on the cool beach and in the majestic mountains.

There are a lot of cool things going on in Oregon all the time, which is another reason it’s such a great place to travel.

20150724_211330_resized_1One such event is the annual Balloons Over Bend festival, which took place last weekend. Premier Timeshare Resale’s own Rachael was even there, celebrating with her family.

This was a special year for the balloon festival. For the last 25 years, healthy family resource, Saving Grace, has thrown a children’s festival, that encourages safe, positive family interactions in the community. This year, Balloons Over Bend paired with the advocates at Saving Grace to throw a bigger children’s festival for the whole family to enjoy.

The weekend consisted of bouncy houses, a dog show, a bike rodeo and more. And they also featured a special LEGO NINJAGO interactive area for kids to play, build, fly and learn more about Saving Grace’s Imagine Life Without Violence program.

A portion of the proceeds from the festival went to support the programs Saving Grace provides the community, such as an emergency shelter, a 24-hour hotline, emergency transportation, safety planning, support groups, children’s advocacy, community education and more.

20150724_211334_resizedAll weekend, families rose with the sun to watch the stunning balloon launches at dawn. Attendees could even witness the magic of Nightglow as glowing balloons took off on Friday night, shining brilliantly against the dark sky.

Bend, Oregon has more to offer than just this exciting annual festival. Like much of Oregon, Bend is an outdoor-lover’s paradise. Mountain biking, rafting, hiking and fishing opportunities abound just minutes from downtown. In the city, the sidewalks are filled with hip patrons sauntering being boutiques and eateries year-round.

While Oregon is a great place to visit in winter if you’re a skier or snowboarder, it is also full of fun summer activities. The outdoor concert venue along the Deschutes River just outside of Bend is a popular spot for artist of any genre to entertain wanting audiences.

Speaking of Deschutes, you’ll find the delicious Deschutes Brewery in Bend, and hundreds of tasty microbreweries scattered throughout Oregon. You’d be remiss to not try a few new brews at one of the many tasting rooms.

portland-oregonIf you haven’t been dreaming about the Pacific Northwest, it’s time to start. And Premier Timeshare Resale can make your Oregon vacation dreams come true. With five timeshare resorts in Bend and 25 total timeshare resorts from Newport to Redmond, our timeshare resale agents can help you find the right property wherever you want to go.

Buying a timeshare resale is a great investment in family fun. Get the family out of the house next summer and make memories that last a lifetime. I know that the times my family spent on the Oregon coast will remain some of the best childhood memories I have.

Wyndham’s Margaritaville Resort Set to Open Next Month

st-thomasVery few things can top the refreshing sensation of a crisp margarita on a hot summer day. One thing that could, however, is sipping that sweet margarita on the beach in St. Thomas while staying in an entire luxury resort dedicated to your salty beverage.

Sound too good to be true? It isn’t. Wyndham Vacation Ownership announced this month that their Margaritaville resort will be ready for residents as early as mid-August.

Wyndham has partnered with Jimmy Buffet on the Margaritaville project, based in sunny Smith Bay in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Although the project has been in the works for some time, this month Wyndham announced that the resort will strictly be a timeshare resort, exclusively for Vacation Club owners.

cocktail-margaritaThe resort has 62 studio and studio deluxe unites, as well as eight presidential suites. Resort amenities include beach access in Water Bay, the 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar, a beachside Margaritaville restaurant, water sports and more.

“Phase one units are receiving the finishing touches, like furnishings, electronics and decor,” said spokeswoman Lindsay Hodges in a recent interview. “Landscaping is about 80 percent complete.”

This project has been a long time coming. Wyndham St. Thomas Development LLC bought the property for $31 million back in 2007. But, it wasn’t until 2013 that the corporation announced it would partner with Jimmy Buffett to create this salty beach getaway.

Phase two should be completed in 2016 as part of a three-year plan that was decided when Buffett joined the project. All in all, the project is estimated to cost more than $100 million equaling 262 condo units for timeshare ownership.

margarita-islandThe first phase has focused on the 70 beachfront units, along with the pool, pool bar, restaurant, marketplace, front desk, dive shop, retail shop, fitness center, game room and on-site sales office.

The second phase will convert the hillside hotel rooms into the remaining condo units.

The property began with 290 hotel rooms and some original structures, but Wyndham is choosing to completely reconstruct some of the main buildings, as opposed to renovate them, to create a fresher, modern look for their guests.

Source: Virgin Islands Daily News

Featured Resort: Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Photo courtesy of www.disneyworld.disney.go.com

Photo courtesy of www.disneyworld.disney.go.com

How long has it been since you’ve spent a romantic evening on the ocean-side? Or since you’ve indulged in local culture for an ethnic getaway? Or breathed deeply on the manicured green of a world-renown golf course?

The answer probably is: too long!

At Disney’s Old Key West Resort, you’ll find all of these amenities and more right outside your villa’s doorstep. Still curious about exactly what the Keys can offer you on your bodacious getaway? Here are some of the highlights from this premier Disney resort.

disney-mickey-minnie-balloons1. The Waterworks

Of course, Disney is going to make sure you have the best on-resort water amenities possible. This resort comes with a 125-foot water slide through a giant sand castle that lets out into a glassy blue pool. A sand beach surrounds the resort’s 149,600-gallon feature pool complete with decorative dolphins that spout water at excited swimmers.

If you are looking for some peace and quiet on your trip, the resort has three all-ages pools, each with a whirlpool spa, that offer quiet areas for complete relaxation. Complete the day in the dry sauna located inside the pool deck’s lighthouse.

disney-tigger-kite2. Eat Like a Local

Olivia Farnsworth was a long-time local inhabiting a small cottage along the Turtle Krawl, just upwind of the strip. This culinary craftswoman would invite locals and travelers alike into her kitchen for island-inspired grub.

Eventually, Olivia opened Olivia’s Cafe, which has become a popular eatery for everyone in town. It’s largely recognized as a must-visit spot by locals and visitors who want a taste of the native color the Florida Keys offer.

3. Rockin’ Recreation

Disney’s Old Key West Resort is full of fun recreation for the whole family to enjoy.

Next to the main pool you’ll find the “Recreation, Exercise, Swimming and Tennis” complex, which offers state-of-the-art exercise equipment and a relaxing sauna for your rejuvenating pleasure.

walt-disney-world-entranceThe resort also sponsors Old Key West campfire activities, movies under the stars, bike rentals, fishing, golfing and two game rooms for the kids to play in.

Although you may never want to leave the resort, all of this fun is just a boat ride away from Downtown Disney, where your family can sing, dance and celebrate with all of your favorite Disney characters!

Learn more about Disney’s Old Key West Resort on their website or check out the amazing timeshare resale deals we have available right now.

Don’t go too long without pampering yourself and your family. Next time someone asks when the last time you spent a romantic evening on the ocean was, you’ll say “last week!”

Featured Charity: Fahodie for Friends

1510455_897943930264080_3413381486468893010_nA few weeks ago I attended a music video premier. I was invited by a close friend, an aspiring filmmaker who had been working on this music video project for quite a while.

I had heard a lot about the making of the film, but entered the premier with few expectations. When I walked into the small, pop-up gallery in downtown Salt Lake City, I was surprised to see the walls adorned with unique, colorful pieces of art.

After only a few minutes at the event, I quickly learned that we were all there for more than a video premier, we were there to support a cause. Proceeds and exposure created by the art and music being presented were partially going to a charity, a charity whose mission is to end human trafficking and modern day slavery.

10460255_10152809290886811_6097378082521477805_nBefore the music video premiered, a slender 19-year-old girl flowed on stage. She told us about her fortune being adopted from her home country of Ghana at the age of three and coming to the United States to be raised by a loving family.

She told us, through a moving spoken-word poem, about the others in her country who were not as fortunate. Others, just like her, who found themselves sold into modern day slavery and treated as commodities of little worth.

This young woman is named Lillian Nana Adjoa Martino, and she began a charity called Fahodie for Friends when she was just 16-years-old. “Fahodie” means “freedom” in Ghanaian, and that’s what Lillian and her charity work for each day.

11351351_10152809291976811_933818416424575231_nOn Fahodie for Friend’s website, they state their mission: “By working together we can be the generation to end human trafficking and slavery. We can change the lives of children and provide them with a new future…a future full of hope and freedom through the power of education.”

I was moved at how art, community and charity had come together at this event to support a cause that truly deserves more recognition. I was motivated to share this group’s efforts and their #IAmYourFriend campaign to anyone willing to listen and perhaps get involved with this noble cause.

i-am-your-friendFahodie and Friends is raising awareness about their cause using social media and active community voices like you and me. They are also accepting volunteers that want to be a part of the cause and donations to help start rescue and education programs for children, teenagers and adults who have been subjected to slavery.

You can learn more about ways you can help here.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Starwood Vacation Ownership: New Branch Revealed

seaside-resort-chairsAs we talked about in a previous blog, Starwood is making some changes to its structure and inventory. Adding new resorts and expanding their vacation ownership division were big announcements in March, and we’ve been eagerly awaiting more information about these exciting opportunities since.

Well, the wait is (somewhat) over. On Tuesday, Starwood gave us a tantalizing taste of their newest spinoff: Vistana Signature Experiences Inc., which is set to be completed by fourth-quarter 2015, said a news release.

VSE (an acronym of my own design) will be a publicly traded company.

“Today’s filing is a pivotal step toward the planned spin-off of our vacation ownership business, which will allow us to continue participating in the timeshare industry while seeking to create stockholder value for both companies,” said Adam Aron, Starwood’s interim CEO, in a prepared statement on Tuesday.

Summer-bathers-umbrellasThe Starwood spinoff will continue to develop and operate Starwood’s 22 timeshare resorts, including vacation destinations such as Hawaii, Orlando, Mexico and the Caribbean, as well as additional anticipated locations at Westin Los Cabos, Westin Cancun, Westin Puerto Vallarta, Sheraton Kauai, and Sheraton Steamboat-owned properties Starwood expects to transfer.

We plan to follow VSE and Starwood as these resort powerhouses continue to grow. This branch is, if anything, a testament to the growing industry that is vacation ownership.

Are you already on board? Or is it time for you to invest the most valuable thing of all, getaways and quality time?

Mother’s Day Musings: The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

mother-child-beachThis weekend my mom and I loaded up the car and headed north for Idaho Falls. Besides the joys of taking a mother-daughter road trip, we were going to visit a handful of grandparents and my brother, who recently moved there.

The weekend was spent among family, flowers and wine, each generation (four in one room!) performing duties of gratitude for their mother, sister, and other lovely ladies in each of our lives.

Mother’s Day is an interesting holiday. I comes from a long international history of celebrating mothers and has prevailed through times of turmoil, even the creator of America’s national day denouncing the holiday all together. Here are a few thoughts to hopefully keep you remembering the essence of Mother’s Day year-round.

grandma-grandaughters-benchMother’s Day History

Celebrating mothers extends back to ancient times, when Greeks and Romans held festivals to honor their mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. The tradition continued throughout Europe through a Christian festival held during Lent. But the Mother’s Day that we recognize today started in the early 20th century with Anna Jarvis.

Anna’s mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, began Mother’s Day Work Clubs in the late 1800s to teach women how to raise their children. The clubs later became a way unite families during and after the Civil War. After Ann’s death in 1905, Anna got the idea for a day that celebrated mothers and their sacrifices. Anna came to recognize that there was an unequal amount of national holidays that celebrate men, and began petitioning for Mother’s Day to become a nationally recognized holiday, which was granted by Woodrow Wilson in 1914.

Even before its presidential endorsement, Mother’s Day quickly became a popular holiday around the country. Of course, it didn’t take long for florists and card companies to take advantage of the need for Mother’s Day gifts and began avidly marketing Mother’s Day products. Outraged by the commercialization of Mother’s Day, Anna eventually denounced the holiday and spent her personal wealth on lawyers to get the holiday removed from the national calendar, but she never succeeded.

mother-pregnant-girlMother’s Day Traditions

Anna Jarvis’s original intent for Mother’s Day was for people to wear a single white carnation as a badge while taking the day to attend church and visit one’s mother. The idea of flowers as the perfect Mother’s Day gift has blossomed and today the industry makes over $2 billion from Mother’s Day alone and over 140 million cards get sent to mothers (interestingly there are only about 83 million mothers in the U.S.).

With such extreme numbers, it’s easy to see what Anna Jarvis was upset about. I certainly was guilty of spending money on multiple bouquets, cards and Mother’s Day knick knacks, but I think there’s more to this holiday than cold consumer habits.

In Ethiopia, families gather each fall to sing songs and indulge in a large feast as part of Antrosht, a multi-day celebration honoring motherhood. Even in the U.S., Mother’s Day has been used to do more than spend money. Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr., used Mother’s Day in 1968 to host a march in support of underprivileged women and children. In the 1970s, women’s groups used the holiday to promote the need for equal rights and access to childcare.

Around the world and even throughout our own culture, Mother’s Day is clearly about more than a card and obligatory phone call (although, more phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year). I find myself passionately agreeing with Anna Jarvis’s initial motivations behind Mother’s Day: to give women a day in the national calendar, and to have a day to celebrate mothers and their sacrifices. Although Anna eventually felt that the holiday lost its original heart, I have a hard time agreeing.

flower-gift-childCelebrating Family

This weekend, I not only celebrated my mother, but my whole family. I dined with grandmas and grandpas, I talked with my great grandmother, I joked with my brother, I spoke with aunts and uncles, I learned about my cousins, I congratulated newly-mothering friends, I caught up with my dad and cuddled with my mom. It was a weekend devoted to appreciating family and celebrating the women that hold it together. Because, of course, mother’s don’t want it to just be about them, they want the day to be about the people they love and care for, a demonstration of the truly generous spirit of motherhood.

Although Mother’s Day has passed this year, we still have another chance to honor our parents and grandparents…for Father’s Day! If you’re looking for a way to truly honor your parents, think about buying them a timeshare resale. The gift of a vacation home says more than thank you for life, but thank you for the memories we have yet to create together. Bring the family together every year with a Park City timeshare in the idyllic Wasatch Mountains or relax on the beach with your family in a Florida timeshare. Our licensed timeshare agents can help you find the perfect gift that keeps on giving!

Source:

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/mothers-day

Who Are Timeshare Owners: A Breakdown By Numbers

Travel_AirportHave you ever been in an airport, looked around and wondered if any of those folks own a timeshare? Maybe not, but you’d be surprised at how many actually do enjoy the benefits of timeshare ownership.

In the last few years, the timeshare industry has boomed. Sales are up, hotels are building new resorts, and the profile of timeshare owners is changing. In an effort to understand the changes happening in this blossoming industry, the ARDA (American Resort Development Association) has conducted some studies and released some statistics on the modern timeshare owner.

Are you a typical timeshare owner or an exception to the rule? Could these statistics determine why all of your friends have bought a timeshare in the last few years? Read below to see where you stand in the timeshare ownership lineup.

Timeshare kitchen cookingAge of Timeshare Owners

A recent TUG forum poll showed that the average timeshare owner is somewhere between the ages of 50 and 75, with the median between 54 and 63. Many commenters confirmed the poll numbers, but said they had purchased their timeshare much earlier, sometime in their 40s, and have enjoyed their timeshare(s) for the last decade.

One user said, “We’re in our mid 60s and purchased our first Marriott [timeshare] in 1993, Royal Palms, 1995 Harbor Cub HH, and Ocean Club Aruba preconstruction in 1997. We have really had a wonderful experience using them ourselves, giving as wedding gifts to our children and now having grandkids come with us.”

Another user commented, “We bought our first Marriott timeshare in 1995 as a means to provide our blended family joint vacation time. Hubby was 54 and I was 44. At this time I am looking forward to a family vacation in June at the Summit Watch in Park City, Utah with the 4 kids, their spouses and all 7 grandkids.”

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Photo by U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Amber E. N. Jacobs

These numbers and comments point to two important things: the ages of the average timeshare buyer and owner, and more importantly the ways these middle aged consumers have used their timeshares. The ages of timeshare owners is not arbitrary, it alludes to the great advantages received by happy timeshare owners, a place to be with family and create lasting memories.

Demographics released by the ARDA noted that 78.1% of owners are either married or have a domestic partner and 23.6% have a child under the age of 18 living at home, further proving that timeshare ownership is ideal for families.

Income of Timeshare Owners

The ARDA International Foundation (AIF) released information from a study on timeshare owners in November 2014. The study showed multiple interesting conclusions that have excited the ARDA and may point to why the timeshare industry has been steadily growing in the last few years.

In older demographic information released by the ARDA, the average income of a timeshare owner was $72,900, and was often thought of as a number that didn’t necessarily represent the income of timeshare owners, but the median between the two extremes.

Ahwahnee-pool-california-timeshare-resalesTimeshare companies found that timeshare owners either made between $50,000 to $60,000 or something closer to $100,000–making $70,000 appear to be the median. Although $60,000 is a comfortable living for most, the rising cost of maintenance fees made timeshare ownership difficult for many people in that bracket, who would rather unload a timeshare costing $600 a year than continue paying the fees. On the other side of the spectrum, $600 a year is much more reasonable to someone making $100,000 a year, who would likely spend more than than on a vacation to these high quality resorts.

This tradition has manifested in the results of the AIF study, which showed that new owners tend to average a median household income of $94,800. The study showed that new timeshare owners valued the long-term vacation savings and flexibility a timeshare provides: 36% buying a timeshare to save money on future vacations and 31% buying for the flexibility a timeshare offers.

More good news is that timeshare owners that are looking to unload their property are working with timeshare resale companies, which can offer timeshares at unbeatable prices and still yield positive returns for sellers. The AIF study showed that 57% of new owners spent $10,000 or more on their timeshare, but did not point out whether new timeshare buyers could have saved money purchasing a timeshare resale.

Family-vacation-timeshare-resalaeThe New Timeshare Owner

AIF’s study, titled the Shared Vacation Ownership Study, found a bunch of exciting information on the new timeshare market.

Howard Nusbaum, president and CEO of ARDA, said, “We’re excited not only about the fact that sales are up in our industry, but also about why they are up. While existing owners continue to enjoy the lifestyle and purchase more timeshare[s], it’s the new owners that are responsible for the majority of qualified new sales.”

New timeshare owners proved to be nearly 10 years younger than typical timeshare owners, with 39% Gen Xers, 30% Millennials, and a median age of 39. The new crowd is 42% African American or Hispanic and are also highly educated, with 72% being college graduates and 23% having graduate degrees, which also helps account for the rising median household income.

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Photo Credit: Canyons Resort

New owners are also taking the advice of many timeshare companies and veteran owners and doing their research before purchasing. Seventy-five percent of the study’s subjects reported having had some interaction with a timeshare resort before purchasing and 44% said they initially stayed at the resort where they bought as a guest of another owner. Forty-two percent experienced timeshare vacations through renting first and 35% said they attended multiple sales presentations before buying, an interesting turn of events since timeshare presentations have been demonized as high-pressure situations forcing unexpecting victims into bad purchases.

These numbers show a change in the timeshare industry. Once criticized as a shady market full of scams and regrets, the industry has fought hard to rebuild its reputation. Through legislation passed to protect owners and active convictions against timeshare scam artists, noble companies have risen to the top of the industry and are offering fair, quality timeshares to wanting buyers.

Why Buy a Timeshare?

The new evidence is exciting. Timeshares are being sold honorably and to a satisfied public. The AIF study showed that timeshare ownership across the United States has risen from 7.2% in 2012 to 7.9% in 2014, with the numbers continuing to grow.

kauai sunsetThe uses for timeshare owners vary widely and evenly, with usage fairly equally spread between summer, fall and spring and travel distance ranging from under 500 miles to over 1,000 equal between owners as well. In a survey conducted by RCI, a prominent exchange company, 50% of their sample of owners owned a seashore or ocean beach property, followed by 29% at a golf destination, 21% at a snow skiing destination, and 20% at a lake or river destination. Almost 30% of the owners surveyed proudly owned more than one timeshare.

The same RCI survey found that exchange opportunity was responsible for motivating 84% of owners to buy a timeshare. Sixty percent cited being able to save money on future vacation as a motivator and 52% noted that they simply liked the timeshare resort, amenities and/or unit as their reason for buying.

Variety, family, and saving money on vacations–these are the reasons to buy a timeshare resale. Are these motivations for you? If so, contact one of our licensed timeshare agents and learn more about buying a timeshare, the money saving deals Premier Timeshare Resale can offer, and the advantages that come with timeshare ownership. Join the over 25 million timeshare owners in the United States today!

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