Victoria has returned to school and left me to figure this trip out on my own (not really but…a good intro to the blog.)
Prior to Victoria’s departure, we attended the Boston Globe Travel Show. There really was not a lot of content at the show, except for Florida. We wandered around and ended up at one of those “time share” things for New England. Curiosity got the better of me! After spinning the wheel and “winning” I forked over a $20.00 bill to assure I attended the info session. WHY? you ask would I do this?? Well, they offered me a FREE night at the resort in Loon Mountain and …Curiosity got the better of me! After all, I am working on a TRAVEL BLOG I figured why not and Curiosity got the better of me!
They also enticed me with a $50.00 gift card to Amazon, a FREE 3 day trip for 4, including airfare to Orlando, Florida (Florida is well represented and VERY crowded!) My only decision would be Universal or Disney? REALLY?!?!?! This cannot be true for a 2-hour tour…and 4 hours of driving.
The adventure was worth risking my $20.00.
I figured #learning and decided to have lunch with a friend in Falmouth and planned to make a day of it. I decide on attending the following Friday, it was a beautiful sunny day for my 2-hour drive.
I arrived at the InnSeasons Resort/HarborWalk in Falmouth. My first thought was a motel…upon entering I was greeted by a smile and a “Good morning! Are you here for the tour?” The view is pleasant and you can see the Island Queen boat dock is a short walk to make a day trip to Martha’s Vineyard. Although the rooms are motel style they are well kept, roomy for families and include full kitchens.
I was escorted upstairs by a very nice gentleman who I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know. He did a wonderful job explaining the ins and outs of ownership and handled the 2-hour meeting very professionally without being too pitchy or pushy.
A brief explanation of my 2-hour tour (actual tour of the hotel was about 5 minutes.)
1. You purchase points
2. Pay for points (Financing is available…be careful this might encourage to make a quick decision)
3. Enjoy their New England resorts depending on the number of points you purchase.
I actually really was not interested in purchasing at all, which I made very clear in the beginning so as not to disappoint, just wanted to learn, get my $20 and the FREE perks and Curiosity got the better of me!
To purchase...or not to purchase???
I really liked a few of the “extras” included.
The gold status allows you to purchase hotel rooms within their network for a great deal less. Even if you do not have gold status you still have access to discounts on hotel and airfare. They appear to have an extensive collection to choose from outside their timeshare network through RCI their “Exchange Partner.” You must do point trading for other resorts but Disney is currently one of the choices.
Always a good sign when Disney is involved.
Oh! and one more thing I really liked…you could use the InnSeasons Resort complexes even if you were not staying overnight. Very interesting perk!
Of course, there is always a catch…you must purchase on the day of your visit to get the fantastic deals and gold status. I chose not to purchase as I mentioned earlier.
Although I could sense the disappointment in my rejection, my $20.00 was returned to me along with...
FREE night at Loon, Mountain (block out dates included)
FREE $50.00 gift certificate to Amazon
FREE 3 Night accommodations with airfare to Orlando, Florida
WOW! I am impressed!! They made good on their promises as I made good on my by attending and listening politely.
Victoria and I are planning to take a ride up to the Loon, Mountain resort and enjoy some skiing. I am VERY interested in their new hotel. I will report back after our visit.
Thinking about the expense I do wonder how this is all possible? However, marketing is a tricky and expensive proposition.
Happy Vacationing for FREE!!!
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I am a self published author and creator of 'The LOOK Book' a series of scavenger hunts in book format. I am a Mom of three children and divide my time between Acton MA and the island of Nantucket.