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Great American Summertime Lake Destinations

While many of us will be hitting the ocean beaches during the summer, you don’t have to travel coast side to have fun in the sun and water. The United States is home to many wonderful lakes, thousands actually, so you can be sure to find a spot to cool off, take in some water sports, and still get that tan.

South Lake Tahoe, California is a great place to visit year round. Popular in the winter for amazing skiing, the town really comes alive during summer. Whether you want to kayak, jet ski, mountain bike, or just do some swimming, Lake Tahoe is sure to entertain. Parties abound here during the summer months, so I you are into libations you will not be disappointed.

Lake Havasu Arizona is well known for its wild spring break parties. During the summer months, the lake becomes a bit more docile, and more family friendly. You can go in to town and do some gambling or take in a great restaurant, or do some scuba diving or boating on the lake. You might want to stay close to the water because temperatures here can soar into the 100s.

Lake Lanier, Georgia’s largest lake is a fantastic summer vacation destination. You can rent boats of all sizes, from pontoons to houseboats, even a yacht. Lanier has many islands, and about 700 miles of shoreline. There is a water park nearby, as well as hiking trails, horseback riding, and golf.

Lake of the Ozarks in central Missouri is a great spot to visit in the summer. You can explore underground caves, check out world class golf nearby, or do some top botch fishing. Hit the waters for swimming, boating, or parasailing. There is great shopping near by as well, and some amazing places to dine.

Buying a timeshare resale is a great way to visit any of these fantastic lakes year after year while saving a lot of money as opposed to buying directly from the resort. Premier Timeshare Resale and our seasoned timeshare resale agents can help you with any questions you may have about buying resale at any one of these wonderful destinations, contact us today!

Written by: Shawn Romanick, Web Author

Amazing Travel Destinations for Couples

AmazingCoupleDestinationsTraveling is always fun and exciting whether with family, friends, or even flying solo. Those of us with a significant other need to get away sometimes, as a couple. If you haven’t planned a romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day this year, it’s not too late! Your gift could be to plan a trip for just the two of you. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Kauai, Hawaii is a popular destination for newlyweds and couples alike. The island has several out of the way beaches and secluded waterfalls. The island is great for those who want to stay away from the crowds, take a hike through lush forests, or enjoy romantic beachside dining.

AmazingCouple-AspenIf you and your loved one enjoy hitting the slopes, Aspen, Colorado is the perfect winter retreat. Explore the mountains, do some shopping, visit any one of the great dining establishments, then stop at a brewpub for a nice craft beer. When you are done seeing the sights, you can get cozy next to your fireplace with some wine or hot chocolate.

Perhaps the kind of white you like is not snow but sand. Then the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix will offer you the perfect setting. Each island is a unique experience, but they all share beautiful white sand beaches and near-perfect temperatures year round (around 80 degrees Fahrenheit).

AmazingCouple-FijiWith its blue lagoons and palm lined beaches, Fiji is one of the ultimate romantic hideaways for any couple. Island hop and visit the local villages to experience Fiji, witnessing arts, dancing, and the Fiji culture up close. With 332 islands, you are sure to find a deserted beach somewhere just for you and your sweetheart. Fiji is the perfect place to unwind and relax to the sounds of the waves.

Buying a timeshare resale is a great way for you and the one you love to have a retreat year after year while saving thousands of dollars. Premier Timeshare Resale and our licensed agents are happy to help you find the perfect romantic getaway, contact us today.

Written by Shawn Romanick, Web Author


Top 10 Travel Spots for 2016

Every year it seems like there are more and more lists that showcase travel trends or the hottest destinations for the next year. The start of 2016 is no different. We have compared several of the lists for you and compiled our own list of the top 10 travel spots for 2016. Let’s see where we should be traveling this year!

Top 10 Travel Spots: Oahu, Hawaii

Oahu Coast

1) Hawaii. We know, everyone loves Hawaii. But this year also marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, so we think that Oahu is going to be the must-visit island. Events are being planned to commemorate this day that changed American history. In fact, our very own Park City High School Marching Band is making plans to travel to Oahu in December; they were selected to honor the service of the USS Utah. Beyond Pearl Harbor, Oahu has it all, beautiful beaches, majestic scenery and views, plus urban shopping, restaurants and nightlife.
2) New Zealand. Something that the travel industry is buzzing about is that airfares to New Zealand are expected to drop in 2016. The only problem with New Zealand as a destination might be deciding where to go and what to do. Our top pick is Matamata, where you can book a tour of the Hobbiton movie set from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. Another great choice is Queenstown, which has a ski and snowboard season from June to October along with many more activities for all ages all year long.
3) Japan. Japan made nearly every list we looked at as a top travel destination in 2016. The fact that is becoming more affordable and the upcoming 2020 Olympics in Tokyo were among the reasons given. But we are fascinated by the contrast between the serene mountainous hikes to the thriving nightlife in Tokyo. Add to that delicious Japanese cuisine and we are convinced, Japan would make a great trip in 2016.
4) Any National Park in the USA. 2016 marks the 100th year that the National Park
Top 10 Travel Spots: National Parks

Zion National Park

Service has been in existence and special events are being planned to celebrate this milestone. We might be biased, but we think one of the best states to experience a National Park is Utah! We have five of them, and all have special features that are certain to amaze you. Plus, Park City is now home to the largest ski resort in the U.S. making Utah even more appealing. But, we also know there are 55 other National Parks (59 in total), so you probably won’t have to look far to find one that appeals to you.
5) Australia. For most North Americans, Australia has been on their travel bucket list for a long time. Growing concerns about natural areas being over developed is lending some urgency to a visit down under. While there, be sure to visit Sydney with must-see landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge on your itinerary. The Gold Coast of Australia is also highly desirable as a tourist destination and has recently welcomed the addition of a Marriott Vacation Club Resort expected to open in 2016.
6) Italy. One of the most highly rated global destinations last year, Italy is back on many lists again this year. With Italy, you can choose the type of vacation you want, including a laid-back beach vacation on the coast, or a culture-soaked tour of art and architecture. And then there’s the food, don’t forget the food! The cuisine alone might be worth a trip to this European gem.
Top 10 Travel Spots: Fiji

Fiji

7) Fiji. Curious what it takes to be the second-happiest country in the world? Then visit Fiji and see for yourself why 86% of Fijians say they are happy. Perhaps the fact that they are living in a literal paradise has something to do with it! Fiji is actually a collection of islands (332 to be exact) and makes the list this year because their recent political issues seem to be finally resolved.
8) Mexico. Two different areas in Mexico ranked highly for 2016: Cabo san Lucas and Playa del Carmen and we can see why. Playa del Carmen is one of the top destinations for diving. Cabo san Lucas is shaking off its reputation as a spring-break party spot and targeting travelers who want an upscale experience.  Mexico in general is attractive as a destination because it is relatively easy to find deals on airfares and you aren’t dealing with a long, exhausting flight to start your vacation. What’s not to love about that?
9) Canada. Sometimes it’s easy to overlook those closest to us, but Canadians know they live in a vast country perfect for year-round adventure. Quebec City is always a
Top 10 Travel Spots: Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa Parliament Buildings

tourist favorite, but every province in Canada has something to offer the discerning traveler. We recommend a trip to Ottawa, the capital of Canada. The European inspired architecture and scenic Rideau Canal (in the winter it becomes the world’s largest skating rink) are just some of the features of this city sure to delight.
10) U.S. Virgin Islands. Looking for white sand beaches? Look no further than the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix. Each island offers its own unique experience, but all share one thing in common – the beaches. Better yet, temperatures are consistently perfect – around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Could there be a better combination than that?
With hotel rates estimated to rise in 2016 (anywhere from 2.5-4.7%), this might be a good year to consider a timeshare ownership. Many properties give you the flexibility to trade your week for other destinations around the globe. And many points based programs are targeted just for those who want to vacation somewhere different every year. We can help you determine which type of ownership or what property is a good fit for you. And we’d love to hear from you, so please visit our Facebook page and let us know where you hope to travel in this New Year.

America’s Top 5 Sunsets: Maui to Massachusetts

Welcome, Daylight Saving Time. You always come just in time for us all to be disheartened when we leave work and it’s already growing dark, foreshadowing the long, cold nights of winter ahead of us. Some are lucky to catch a glimpse of sunset when leaving work this time of year, before it disappears from our days almost altogether. Sunsets are worth seeing, though, and if you have an inclination for that sort of thing, these top 5 sunset locations will be a definite addition to your must-see list.

 

  • Mount Halaekala in Maui stands at a regal 10,000 feet in altitude, and watching the sunset from amongst the clouds is an unforgettable experience as golden prism of lights break through the mist. Watch closely and you might get a peek at the fabled green flash as the sun sinks into the ocean. Maui timeshare resales are abundant as well for travelers who plan to return to the area.

 

  • Laguna Beach is only an hour away from Los Angeles and close to several southern California timeshare resorts in Palm Desert and Palm Springs.  This beach is known for its enchanting sunsets over an unbroken horizon and sea-dancing reflections.

 

  • The Grand Canyon. Some say that Hopi Point is the prime location to catch the commanding views of the canyon and the Colorado river flashing the last rays of the sun sinking below the horizon’s wide expanse above the mile-deep canyon.

 

  • With very little light pollution at 8,000 feet elevation, Santa Fe, New Mexico offers a host of historic ruins from which to watch the tremendously colorful sunsets. Most visitors head to Old Fort Marcy Park, but there are plenty of options for viewing in the area as well as Santa Fe timeshare resale resorts to look into if you fall in love with Santa Fe (it’s not hard to do).

 

  • The lighthouse at the Gay Head Cliffs in Aquinnah, Massachusetts on Martha’s Vineyard offers stunning views of the water and bold red reflections in the clay of the cliffs. A longtime summer destination, the island does have a couple of Martha’s Vineyard timeshare resort properties, although most Summer People tend to own a second home on the island. Still, it’s worth visiting for its quaint New England charm and variety of views and summer activities.

 

Autumn is Around the Corner!

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Great Alleghany Passage: Photograph by Paul G. Wiegman

Summer (in Texas, at least) is certainly still in full swing, but many wanderlusters are already plotting their autumn escapes. Whether it’s culture or scenery, here are five domestic destinations you might consider if you’re feeling antsy or restless as cold weather closes in:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Albuquerque, NM: International Balloon Fiesta

October 6th-8th marks the 41st anniversary of unleashing hot air balloons spanning the space of 54 football fields. Get up early to watch the sunrise on the ascension of more than 600 hot air balloons while spending the weekend at Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm, nestled in the city’s pastoral North Valley. The cozy 20-room guesthouse combines luxurious accommodations with field-to-fork dining.

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Photograph by Danita Delimont

 

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania: National Apple Harvest Festival

If you didn’t head to Albuquerque for the 6th-8th of October, you can stop by PA that weekend or the 13th and 14th for the National Apple Harvest Festival where you can indulge in locally grown fruit, home-pressed cider, pie eating and bobbing contests, or hay rides, scarecrow displays, antique and classic car shows, chainsaw carving demonstrations, and arts and crafts from more than 300 vendors.

 

San Diego, California: Hot Spot Year Round

When the rest of the states start to get chilly, the southwestern-most corner of the U.S. is still warm and sunny. Extend your summer or boost your cooling spirits with a visit to the oceanside town that offers outdoor activities like sailing, surfing, or just lounging in the sand. Maybe you’d cruise historic highway 101 or visit California’s largest mission. Whatever your fancy, San Diego’s sprawling and inclusive community has it all.

 

Cumberland, Maryland to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: The Great Alleghany Passage

The 141-mile Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) traverses western Maryland and southwestern Pennsylvania through the forests and along and over riverbeds. The trail is a packed crushed limestone over abandoned railroad tracks and offers easy hiking or biking through a motor-free zone. The trail winds through towns and wildnerness alike, and travelers can plan their route to rest in points of interest like

Frostburg, Maryland at mile 15. The host of the Appalachian Festival, September 14-15, the festival offers regional music and dance, goat milking and beekeeping, and traditional arts and crafts.

 

Point Clear, Alabama: Grand Hotel Marriott Resort

Live oaks and Spanish moss bedeck this luxurious getaway lying on 700 acres in the Mobile Bay area. The Marriott’s 405 rooms have been redone for a modern upgrade, and the Southern hospitality won’t disappoint when guests are greeted by name upon arrival. Enjoy a cocktail overlooking the bay at a great post-labor day discount (29% off) or use your Marriott points accumulated from Marriott timeshare travel.

After kids are back in school, prices drop and resorts are far less crowded. Get out and enjoy the solitude, or talk to one of our agents about how to maximize your vacation value by buying an off-season timeshare resale today.

 

 

 

 

 

Your Road Trip: 10 things not to forget

Hitting the pavement and taking off feels like an American Adventure. The U.S. Highway system, designated as such in 1926, is a coordinated nationwide grid of roads that gets you pretty much anywhere. Interstate highways provide quick access and high speeds, and state highways, farm-to-market roads, and country lanes provide a slower pace with some great sights along the way, whether you’re traveling in the Deep South, the Mountain West, or the New England coastline.

 

With such a great system of roads, nowhere in America is off limits, whether your purpose is a destination or thoroughfare. And since you can choose your own pace of travel, driving is often the mode of choice for older adults and families with young children. Read on for a few tips on making your road trip, however long or short, an unforgettable and positive experience.

 

1 – Have a Loose Plan- it sounds oversimplified, but knowing about where you want to end up and when helps keep your driving on a schedule. That said, printing off directions from your computer before you go and never deviating from them can be restrictive. Make a compromise to have a geographic goal in mind for the day, but be flexible enough to reroute when you need to for bad weather, closed roads, or traffic.

 

2 – Buy a Road Atlas – many folks don’t see the need for an Atlas. After all, I have my car’s built-in navigation system, my phone’s navigation properties, or my directions printed off the web from last night (see tip #1). But having a road atlas is a great resource to have on hand in case of battery loss or satellite trouble. It also allows you to see your route and all the other options at a glance without “zooming” in or out, complete with exit numbers, mileage counts, and points of interest.

 

3 – Think Like a Trucker – truckers understand how to minimize the stress on their driving habits. If you’re traveling around a big city, consider arranging your trip to avoid rush-hour traffic. Drive into the city in the evening, and drive out in the morning.  Take breaks. Don’t push through sleepy spells. Pull over and stretch, or take a nap. Plan for these “time-outs” to avoid driving when your ability is compromised by the sleepiness that is inevitable generated from the lulling monotony of the road.

 

4 – Be Prepared – make sure you feel comfortable changing your tire before you hit the road, and familiarize yourself with your vehicle’s emergency and maintenance required lights. You might consider packing some mini-reflective triangles in case you experience car trouble at night.
 

5 – Listen! – to a radio show or program that will hold your interest and keep you awake for long stretches. Consider a satellite radio subscription, or plan to take audiobooks or make yourself an old-fashioned mixed-tape for the way.

 

6- Get Roadside Assistance – even the prepared traveler can’t foresee all circumstances. Having roadside assistance ensures that you can get help when you need it. Changing a tire in snow or rain is not a piece of cake.

 

7 – Get Your Documents in Order – if you are traveling without current documentation of license, registration or insurance, you will be up a creek without a paddle if you are pulled over for any reason. You’ll also want to clear up any old traffic and parking tickets before you go to avoid your car being impounded or towed when you’re parked on the street while touring a city sight.

 

8 – Play Games – this is an especially great way to pass the time if you’re traveling with kids. 20 questions, the alphabet game, license plate scavenger hunts. Games like these help kids (and adults!) find purpose in the monotony of long days.

 

9 – Potty Talk – again, for kids, being able to stop frequently enough to accommodate those little bladders is important. If toddlers accompany you, take a mini-potty.

 

10 – Snacks! – sunflower seeds and beef jerky are healthier alternatives to candy and keep your mouth busy, helping you to stay awake. Kids need snacks more often than adults, and fruit and crackers preserve well in an air-conditioned car.
The most important tip of all: stay rested, hydrated, and alert! Safety comes first, especially in an adventure. With more families taking to the road in the coming summer months, be aware of your surrounding traffic and road obstacles. But don’t forget to have fun.

 

Driving can be a great way to get anywhere you want to go, even your favorite timeshare destination. And having a resort’s comfort to look forward to after the end of a long day of driving can be just what you need. Follow the links for more information on timeshare resale driving destinations all over America.

 

Top 10 Las Vegas Pools

If you’re going to Vegas  this spring or summer, you’ll want to keep cool so I thought I would share the Top Ten Pools of Las Vegas.

 

1. Mandalay Bay. Eleven acres of sand, a lazy river ride, three more pools, a wave pools, a water garden, waterfalls, and a topless pool, this place has everything!

 

2. Hard Rock. Swim up black jack and craps, 37 cabanas, and the only underwater sound system in Vegas set this hot spot apart from the rest.

 

3. Mirage Las Vegas. A lagoon swimming pool with a quarter mile of shoreline makes the Mirage’s pool one of the most popular in Vegas. With waterfalls, beverage service and a topless pool called Bare All Me this is a can’t miss destination.

 

4. Caesar’s Palace. Boasting an extremely beautiful pool surrounded by classic Roman architecture and sculptures Caesar’s is a great place to relax poolside.

 

5. Flamingo Las Vegas. Among the four pools at Flamingo, it’s largest is modeled after a Hawaiian village. Very tropical.

 

6. With 5 pools and a 1,000 foot lazy river, not to mention 3 whirlpool fountains and waterfalls, the MGM Grand is one of the hottest pool complexes in Vegas. Keep your eye out for celebs in the Talent Pool!

 

7. Bellagio. Six pools divided into a courtyard. This resort has a beautiful Old Italy feel to it.

 

8. Venetian. With 3 pools in the main swimming area, filled with flowers and fountains, and 1 more pool and 3 spas at the Venezia Tower you can’t go wrong with a little slice of Venice.

 

9. Luxor. The Luxor’s seven acre pool complex with four large pools will make you feel like your relaxing with the Pharaohs.

 

10. The Palms. Known as a hotspot for the younger crowd. Hit The Palms for its 75,000 square feet of pool after dark!

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