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Last-Minute Thanksgiving Weeks Available!

Time’s running out to book a timeshare for your Thanksgiving vacation! We’ve made it a little easier with a guide to some of the resorts that still have space. No matter where you want to be grateful this year–on a sun-soaked beach, from the powdery slopes, on a lush golf course, or out of the country–we can find a resort for you!

Orlando, Florida

Want a family-friendly and excitement-filled Thanksgiving week? Sheraton Vistana Resort and Sheraton Vistana Villages offer stunning grounds with a wealth of opportunities, plus easy access to Disney World and other Orlando attractions.

RedWeek member nicholasr19 says:

We loved this resort. (More like a home than a time share). We had many of our meals in the unit, saving lots of time and money. The full kitchen, dining room and living room made it so comfortable for our family of 7. It was truly a great place and the kids had so much fun. We stayed in a 2 bd/ 2 bath villa. (nice and roomy). The property and the villas are beautiful and so well maintained. The “heavenly” beds are more comfortable than at home! The pools are awesome and there are so many of them to choose from. Even the giant waterslide was great. The exercise room is quite nice, well equipped and always open. Fresh towels and cold water from the bubbler are always available.

The entire staff was wonderful and unbelievably accommodating….. including the front desk, housekeeping, concierge and bell services.

Very close to Disney and easy access to all of the Orlando attractions. Hundreds of great restaurants nearby for both adults and children.

Can’t wait to go back to this beautiful Sheraton property. 2 thumbs up to a fun-filled week.

Lahaina, Hawaii

Want to spend Thanksgiving in paradise? Look no further than The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas, a beachfront resort with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy water sports like kayaking and surfing, relaxation at multiple lagoon-style pools, and luscious refreshment at Spa Helani. The nearby historic town offers top-notch restaurants and art galleries, as well as cultural experiences. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can explore the stunning island and even hike the mountain!

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

If you’re seeking plenty of sunshine and warm weather for Thanksgiving–maybe trying to cope with a long, cold winter?–Puerto Vallarta is the place for you. Temperatures average 90 degrees and more in November, with minimal rainfall. Two resorts still have Thanksgiving listings on RedWeek–Club Regina Puerto Vallarta and Villa Vera Puerto Vallarta. These resorts are great for fishermen, with easy access to the marina. They also offer an opportunity to easily immerse yourself in the rich culture of the city.

New York City, New York

Want a culture-filled, bustling-big-city Thanksgiving? Wyndham Midtown 45 has several openings for Thanksgiving week! Relax in style and explore with ease from the heart of Manhattan. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will even cross the city less than a mile from the resort!

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Father’s Day and Baseball – Timeshare Vacation Idea

A day at the Ballpark and America’s National Pastime could be the perfect Father’s Day gift. Many of the Major League baseball teams are playing at home on Sunday, June 17, right where there are some great bargains for renting a timeshare.

1. New York City. The Mets are hosting the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field, where the team moved in 2009 from famous Shea Stadium, home to the Mets since 1964.

You can rent a timeshare for Dad’s New York City baseball getaway right in Manhattan. For example, the Manhattan Club has timeshare rentals starting at just $150/night.

2. St. Petersburg, FL. The Tampa Bay Rays will be hosting Miami at Tropicana Field (see photo left), a domed stadium where the Rays have played since their first season in 1998 (when they were known as the Devil Rays). Tropicana Field is currently the only domed stadium in Major League Baseball that is not retractable.

There are a number of great timeshare rentals available throughout the Tampa Bay area, which includes St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay, and Sarasota, among a number of other beachside towns. Camelot by the Sea resort starts at just $104/night.

3. Oakland, CA. The Oakland As will be hosts to the San Diego Padres at the O.co Coliseum, where they have played since 1968. The Coliseum is part of the multipurpose Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum complex, and is also home to the NFL Oakland Raiders.

A stay across the bay in San Francisco would give dad the best of both worlds for this baseball vacation. Put dad up at a timeshare rental at the Donatello Resort for just $110/night, where he’s just a cable car ride away from succulent steamed crabs at Fisherman’s Wharf.

4. Los Angeles, CA. Two home games are being played in the Los Angeles area on Father’s Day. The American League LA Angels are hosts to Arizona in Angel Stadium of Anaheim (see photo right). The Angels have played in “The Big A” since 1966. The halo around the “Big A” is lit every time the team wins (at home or on the road). 

And the National League Los Angeles Dodgers will be hosting the Chicago White Sox at Dodger Stadium, the third oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball (after Boston’s Fenway Park and Chicago’s Wrigley Field).

Southern California is full of timeshare rentals of every description. Dad could stay at a timeshare rental at Dolphins Cove Resort in Anaheim for just $93/night, and which is, coincidentally, within walking distance of Disneyland.

5. Washington, D.C. The Washington Nationals are hosts this Father’s Day to the New York Yankees. The team moved to the new Nationals Stadium, with views of the Capitol, in 2008. Originally the Montreal Expos, the Nationals’ first three seasons were played at RFK Stadium when they became a national franchise team.

A trip to our Nation’s Capital can give dad more than baseball – such as the Air and Space Museum (it’s free!). The Wyndham Old Town Alexandria timeshare rentals start at just $69/night, and it’s an easy Metro ride to both Nationals Stadium and the Smithsonian museums on The Mall.

Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

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Timeshare Travel: Top 5 Ice Cream Cities

We’re deep in the middle of the “Dog Days of Summer” and you know what that means – you now have permission to indulge and do just about whatever it takes to get through the sweltering heat. Here are two suggestions: rent a timeshare at a great resort with swimming pools, or waterparks, or splashing waves on the beach, and – eat Ice Cream!

Just in time, Food & Wine has put together a list of “America’s Best Ice Cream Cities.” We’re listing 5 here where you can also rent a budget-friendly timeshare.

  1. Scottsdale, AZ. Sweet Republic. “This two-year-old shop prides itself on using exceptional ingredients, from local dairy to single-origin, and fair-trade coffee beans for its espresso flavor.”

    Check out Scottsdale timeshare rentals. For example, you can get one right now at the Scottsdale Villa Mirage for just $54/night.

  2. Cambridge, MA. Toscanini’s. “In contention with Christina’s for best local ice cream, this cult parlor wins for its burnt caramel flavor. The floor-to-ceiling windows are superb for people watching.”

    Many Massachusetts timeshare rentals are within a short drive of Boston and Cambridge. Stay in the heart of Boston at the Marriott Customs House for just $149/night, or less than an hour away on Cape Cod at the Sea Mist Resort for only $85/night.

  3. Honolulu, HI. Bubbie’s Ice Cream. “One fan of Keith Robbins’ bite-size mochi (ice cream wrapped in a sweetened rice confection – see photo right) is superchef Nobu Matsuhisa. A classic flavor is green tea.”

    It can be very affordable to visit Honolulu when you rent an Oahu timeshare. For example, a timeshare rental at the Kuhio Banyan Club is just $82/night.

  4. New Orleans, LA. The Creole Creamery. “Alongside fountain-shop classics like banana splits and sundaes, this local favorite features rotating ice creams in flavors like Creole Cream Cheese – made with a curdled cream cheese local to New Orleans.”

    Stay in the heart of New Orleans in an affordable timeshare rental. The Avenue Plaza is just $78/night.

  5. San Francisco, CA. Bi-Rite Creamery. “Almost everything at this excellent ice cream shop is made from scratch, including the marshmallows for the Rocky Road.”

    A San Francisco timeshare rental will put you near Union Square and the fun cable cars. Rent a timeshare at Powell Place for just $107/night.

Check out Food & Wine’s entire list.

(Bubbie’s photo credit – travel.yahoo.com/foodandwine)

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Travel to Disney’s Animal Kingdom for Wildlife Wednesdays

Disney’s Animal Kingdom celebrates “Wildlife Wednesdays” so it’s only appropriate that we explore this remarkable place today. Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom is a unique blend of a theme park and real-life interaction with wild animals, all put together as only the magic of Disney can. Rent a timeshare and check this incredible place out yourself.

Besides offering guests the exciting opportunity to go on “safari” and witness many of Africa’s beautiful animals in a natural-type setting, the Disney Corporation is also involved in world-wide conservation. And this summer Disney achieved an elephant conservation milestone.

Happy Birthday to baby elephant, Luna, who celebrated her first birthday in May. Being a typical kid, it’s reported that Luna’s favorite things to do are play with the other elephant youngsters in the mud wallow on the Kilimanjaro Safaris, and chase the native birds.

The births of 5 baby elephants at Disney’s Animal Kingdom since 2003 represent a conservation milestone since the number of elephants in North American zoological facilities and wildlife centers has been dwindling. Disney’s Animal Kingdom participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Elephant Species Survival Plan.

“Research has shown that when people see elephants and other wildlife face-to-face, they feel a strong connection and are motivated to take action to protect wildlife and nature,” states a Disney official. “And having elephant babies at the Animal Kingdom enables the elephants to live in herds with moms, “aunties” and other youngsters, as they would in the wild.”

On your trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you’ll not only get to see baby Luna (see photo) and her friends romping through the savanna on the Kilamanjaro Safari, but you can also take a Backstage Safari Tour. This special 3-hour tour gives you an insider’s look at the innovative ways that Disney cares for its animal inhabitants – 1700 animals representing over 250 species. You’ll see how Disney’s wildlife specialists meet the unique challenges of animal care and behavior – all while running a lushly landscaped Disney Theme Park and promoting wildlife conservation.

And when you’re ready for some just plain fun, head to Expedition Everest, a high-altitude, high-speed roller coaster that is widely considered one of the best rides and one of the most exciting attractions in Walt Disney World.

Check out the great Disney timeshares and Orlando timeshare rentals available.

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Maui Timeshare Rentals are Great for Fathers Day

If your dad likes to be active, then the perfect Father’s Day gift is to rent a timeshare for him on Maui, where he can be active to his heart’s content.

For starters, there’s the exciting Sunrise Tours of Haleakala (see photo), offered by Haleakala Bike Company (“Home of the original Freestyle Haleakala downhill!”) among other choices. If Dad joins a Haleakala bike tour, he’ll arrive at the 10,023-ft summit of the dormant volcano in time to watch the spectacular sunrise, what Mark Twain described as “The sublimest spectacle I ever witnessed.” And then comes the amazing bike ride down – Dad will drop 3000 feet in 10 miles and negotiate 29 switchbacks. Hopefully he’ll remember to stop once in awhile to take in the incredible views – of Maui surrounded by the dazzling multi-hued blues of the Pacific Ocean – as he passes by protea farms and wineries and paniolo (cowboy) country.

After Dad catches his breath he can step up the excitement of his active Maui vacation by soaring above Maui’s lush tropical landscape in a hang-glider. This idea isn’t as outrageous as it seems. “Hang Gliding Maui” offers everyone a chance to experience this special thrill by riding on a powered tandem hang glider out of Hana airport.

If hang gliding isn’t enough excitement, Dad can head to “Skyview Soaring” and add a soaring glider ride to his adventures. He and his glider pilot will be pulled back up above Haleakala. From there he’ll experience an incredible 45 minutes of soaring and gliding as they make their way back down to the Hana airport.

And, perhaps Dad would enjoy the Hana Cave Tours which offer a fun experience exploring deep into the subterranean passages of an extinct lava tube. As Dad clambers across a cinder trail, under stalactites and around stalagmites (hand-rails are provided), he’ll be seeing first-hand, and from the inside out, the last minutes of a lava flow before it was frozen in time.

Or how about a good hike? Above the Pools of O’heo (where Dad can swim and even “cliff” dive), in Haleakala National Park, is the Pipiwai Trail, considered one of the best hikes on Maui. It’s 4 miles roundtrip and gains 650-feet in elevation. There are several great waterfalls along the route, with the final destination being the Waimoku Falls that spectacularly plunges 400-feet down a sheer lava rock wall.

Did Dad think the only thing to do in Hawaii was to spend lazy days on the beach?

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Visit London Timeshares Before the Summer Olympics

The London 2012 Summer Olympic Games will be held in various venues throughout the U.K., July 27 to August 12, 2011. Hosting the Olympics has prompted redevelopment of many areas in and around the city of London, with a special emphasis on sustainability. You don’t have to wait until next year – rent a London timeshare and tour places in London now that are undergoing their Olympic transformations.

For example, the London 2012 Games are the catalyst for transforming a square mile of land in east London into the Olympic Park. What was once industrial, contaminated land is creating a green backdrop for the Games and a new green space after 2012 for people and wildlife living in and around the area to enjoy.

The southern part of the Park will focus on retaining the festival atmosphere of the Games, with riverside gardens, markets, events, cafes and bars. The northern area will use the latest green techniques to manage flood and rain water, while providing quieter public space and habitats for hundreds of existing and rare species, from kingfishers to otters.

Almost 2,000 semi-mature British-grown trees have been hand-picked for the Park’s green spaces, which will be enjoyed by spectators and become a home for wildlife. In addition, a further 2,000 trees are being planted on the Olympic Village site.

The trees have been carefully selected to ensure they are ‘future proof’ against climate change. They are mostly native species, such as ash, alder, willow, birch, hazel, cherry, poplar, London plane and lime.

More than 300,000 wetland plants will also be planted in the Park. It will be the UK’s largest ever urban river and wetland planting, creating a colorful riverside setting for the London 2012 Games.

Between the Aquatics Centre and Olympic Stadium (see photo) will be gardens stretching half a mile that celebrate the centuries of iconic British passion for plants and gardens, The gardens will trace the journey of England’s plant collectors around the world through more than 250 species of plants, trees, meadows and herbs.

An area of Olympic Park known as “Henman Hills” will be created so visitors to the Park during the Games will be able to watch live Olympic Games action on large screens.

“London 2012 has incorporated arts and culture into the heart of the Olympic Park right from the start, creating an international benchmark for future Olympic and Paralympic Games,” stated a London 2012 organizing committee official.

“We want to ensure that arts and culture remain at the core of the Olympic Park after the London 2012 Games, so that the works can be admired by all future visitors to the Park.”

Remember – you can always rent a Paris timeshare and ride the chunnel bullet train, EuroStar, to London for a day trip – you’ll be back in Paris in time for dinner!

(Photo credit – london2012.com)

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Visit the Epcot Garden Festival from Your Orlando Timeshare

It’s May, and that brings to mind just one thing – beautiful May flowers. After the winter we’ve all been through, the thought of masses of bright, colorful blooms is almost addictive. There are many May flower festivals across the country, and one place where you can see everything in one spot is Epcot. Rent a Disney timeshare or timeshare in Orlando and indulge your May flower dreams to your heart’s content. The Festival, which started in March, goes through May 15, so you still have time to join in the spring time fun.

The 18th Annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is being sponsored by HGTV. For the first time, the country’s leading home and lifestyle television brand brings a special blend of design, decorating and landscaping inspiration to this gardening extravaganza at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

At the Festival Center presented by HGTV, popular celebrity experts appear each Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the festival on the HGTV Stage. The HGTV hosts will deliver valuable tips to Disney guests on topics including “Mobile Gardens,” “Secrets to Bringing Indoor Style Outside” and “Gardening with Kids.” May 6,7,8 will be Frank Fontana from Design on a Dime, and May 13, 14, 15 will showcase Vern Yip, HGTV Design Star.

“We are thrilled to welcome HGTV and so many of the network’s great Talent to Epcot this spring,” said Dan Cockerell, vice president of Epcot. “HGTV’s design and gardening personalities add an exciting, and entertaining new element to a festival that reinvents itself year after year.”

As part of the sponsorship, HGTV also will present a new, twice-its-previous-size Bambi’s Butterfly House along the Future World Imagination Walkway. Inside this popular festival stop are hundreds of native butterflies and character topiaries from the timeless Disney classic film, “Bambi.”

“People visit Disney for a memorable experience where they are inspired, enlightened and entertained,” said Jim Samples, president, HGTV. “Our star designers will provide just such an experience for the Disney guest during The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival presented by HGTV. Disney is the ideal venue and destination for us to connect face-to-face with our passionate viewers.”

In addition to its own celebrity stage appearances, HGTV will present the popular twice-daily Disney Gardening at Home series, where you can join a workshop and take home projects ranging from hanging baskets to water garden features.

There is even a place where your little ones can enjoy the festival – the Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden. Here fabulous Disney fairies alight to greet all young fans who enter this whimsical garden, that’s designed with play structures for children ages 2-5.

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Mothers Day Travel for a Disneyland Brunch!

Mother’s Day Brunch – it’s what every mom looks forward to. Mother’s Day is the chance to give back to your mom for all of the meals she’s cooked for you – and why not do that with flare? Give her a special meal in a special place. Rent an Anaheim timeshare resort and take Mom to Disneyland, where you can give her two choices for a delectable brunch on Mother’s Day.

The Mother’s Day brunch in the Grand Ballroom of the Disneyland Hotel, and at Storyteller’s Café at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa are both back by popular demand, and both feature beloved Disney characters, with sweet Cinderella and her princess friends in the Grand Ballroom, and funny Chip ‘n Dale and friends at Storyteller’s Cafe.

Check out these delectable details:

  • “Disney’s Royal Buffet for Mother’s Day” at the Disneyland Hotel is 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on May 8, with Cinderella and her princess friends and live musical entertainment. The extravagant buffet includes beautiful spring salads, artisan cheeses, smoked and chilled seafood, cured meats, breakfast selections, seasonal fresh fish and free-range chicken.

    “Action stations” include fresh omelets, carving stations, Mickey waffles, crepes and Champagne. And dessert is highlighted with a decadent chocolate fountain.

    For kids: mixed greens, fresh fruit salad, crunchy chicken bites, pizza, “Mickaroni and cheese,” crispy waffle fries, mixed veggies and kid-approved sweets.

  • A big hug for Mom from Chip ‘n Dale starts the fun for the Storyteller’s Cafe Mother’s Day Brunch (see photo). Between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m., the impressive buffet includes black pepper-crusted New York strip loin (with cognac jus and horseradish cream), corned beef hash with poached eggs and chipotle-orange hollandaise, roasted salmon with tangerine vinaigrette, brioche French toast with blackberry compote and olive oil-poached asparagus with shaved Reggiano cheese.

    Add to that omelets, fresh scrambled eggs, Yukon gold hash browns with fresh thyme, sausage and bacon, artisan cheeses, cured meats and roasted veggies, spring greens, fresh fruits and over-the-top desserts.

    Kids can fill up on scrambled eggs, oven-roasted potatoes, Mickey waffles and crispy chicken nuggets.

Give mom a Mother’s Day timeshare vacation with a special Brunch she’ll remember for years to come!

(Photo credit – disneyland.disney.go.com)

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Jazzing it up at Your Timeshare in the Caribbean

Are you, or do you have, a cool mom? Consider the gift of cool jazz for Mother’s Day, with the added bonus of a vacation in the Caribbean! Rent a timeshare and send your mother (or yourself) to beautiful Saint Lucia for the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival.

The Saint Lucia Jazz began in 1991 in the capital city of Castries as a new and exciting way to increase tourism to the tiny Caribbean island. Celebrating its 20th year in 2011, the festival will run from April 30 – May 8th, culminating on Mother’s Day.

The Saint Lucia Jazz Festival encompasses multiple shows of acoustical/straight ahead jazz, new age jazz, fusion, rhythm and blues. The acts come from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and Europe representing French, Latin, Reggae and New Orleans genres.

Headlining this year’s festival and introducing St. Lucia to Go-Go music is Chuck Brown, and R&B superstars John Legend and Trey Songz. The exciting lineup of performers also includes Ledisi, Taj Weekes, and Anacaona, an all girl group offering a unique blend of afro-Cuban jazz. Funk jazz legend Maceo Parker will also perform along with the Bad Ass Brass Band, among many, many others.

The shows range from formal performances to intimate late night open air venues and late night club venues, and open air picnic style events, which allow Saint Lucia Jazz to offer unparalleled variety and ambience.

In 1999 the event was expanded to create a more festive atmosphere and allow the Saint Lucian public and visitors to participate in the events at little cost and quite a few free events as well. For example, “Jazz in the South” offers shows in the village of Laborie and the towns of Vieux Fort and Soufriere.

Since its establishment The Saint Lucia Jazz Festival has grown in both size and stature, making it the Flagship of the St. Lucia Tourist Board’s marketing efforts. It is considered to be the “Premiere Jazz Festival” of the Caribbean region.

The Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort in Castries has timeshare rentals available for the festival dates, and will put mom in the center of festival excitement and cool music.

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Rent a Timeshare and Celebrate Thailand’s New Year

“Happy New Year!” What, again? Yes, and this time it’s being celebrated in exotic Thailand. Rent a timeshare in Thailand and celebrate that country’s traditional New Year, “Songkran,” April 13 – 15, 2011.

Songkran, believed to have been adapted from an Indian festival, has been observed for centuries, and now has also become a party for foreigners and an additional reason for many to visit Thailand to experience this unique immersion in another culture.

Traditionally, Songkran was a time to visit and pay respects to elders, including family members, friends and neighbors. Water has always played a big part in the celebration. Originally it was poured over Buddha statues to cleanse them, then captured as “blessed” water and given for good fortune to elders and family members by gently pouring it over their shoulders.

That traditional “blessing” activity has morphed into Songkran being one big water fight party. Nowadays, the emphasis is on fun and water-throwing rather than on the festival’s spiritual and religious aspects. As Wikipedia explains it, “Thais roam the streets with containers of water or water guns (sometimes mixed with mentholated talc), or post themselves at the side of roads with a garden hose and drench each other and passersby.” Of course, it doesn’t hurt that this is a great way to cool off during Thailand’s hottest month.

In addition to “throwing water,” Songkran is also celebrated with colorful parades, and ceremonies where birds and fish are set free. In Phuket, the festivities center around releasing baby turtles into the sea. Many beautiful sacred ceremonies are conducted by Buddhists, and sand dome-shaped shrines, called stupas, are built by Buddhists in the courtyards of monasteries.

Timeshare rentals are available at the Q Signature Spa & Resort on Cheongmon Beach in Koh Samui, and at Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club.

Staying at Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club you can participate directly in the Songkran ceremony releasing baby sea turtles. In 2002, Marriott donated $45,000 to launch the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to raise funds and increase awareness for the plight of the critically endangered giant leatherback turtles that nest in the area.

Local villagers patrol the beach at night during the breeding season, protecting the turtles while nesting, and keeping records of the number of eggs laid. When necessary the eggs are taken to a hatchery where the baby turtles are protected from elements of nature and human exploitation, and are then released in the special ceremony celebrating Thailand’s New Year.

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