It seems you can't turn on the television these days without seeing another offer for a "free weekend." But because you think it's too good to be true, you probably didn't pick up the phone. Later you wonder are these offers for real? Will a timeshare resort company give you a weekend in a great destination just for the chance of selling you a suite?
The short answer is yes they will, with strings attached. The "strings" attached to these timeshare promotions usually come in the form of mandatory sales presentations that last anywhere from 90 minutes to several hours in some circumstances. These free weekends aren't all bad though. You will get a chance to tour the resort (or you should; if a salesperson meets you in a restaurant with a few rough drawings - beware).
Before embarking on a free weekend, however, be prepared. Their goal is to get you to buy a timeshare on the spot. You will probably be pressured to some degree. If the weekend stay isn't worth the high pressure sales, remember you can always leave - but it is possible to simply enjoy the weekend and leave without having purchased a timeshare at the end.