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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!

Limited Listings

Some amazing locations have only one listing left for Thanksgiving:

 

 

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Welcome to the New RedWeek!

Have you had a chance to explore the new RedWeek yet? With a sleek new look and improved functionality, the RedWeek redesign is packed with changes that we’re sure will make posting and searching for timeshares easier than ever.

One of the biggest changes is one you’re bound to notice if you’re browsing RedWeek on the go – mobile functionality! Whether you’re viewing from your phone or tablet, the RedWeek site is perfectly adapted to fit your device. No more pinching and zooming, or scrolling sideways to read minuscule text. Vertical scrolling, slick menus and quick loading times ensure that mobile RedWeek is every bit as great as the “full site”!

You might also notice the improvements to our search features when looking for a timeshare. After you type in a general location (think city, state or country), you’ll have the option to refine your search on the results page. You can choose to specify results only within a certain date range or price range. Additionally, you can refine by unit size, RedWeek user rating or even features – perfect if you’re looking for just all-inclusive resorts, or just resorts with internet or a pool, for example! Your results can also be arranged into list or grid views and sorted by user rating.

If you commonly post your own timeshare for rent or sale; rejoice! Our posting creation process has been greatly streamlined. Instead of navigating page by page, your posting is created on a single page with clean, expandable menus guiding you through each step. Photos are easier than ever to upload; drag and drop or upload them in bulk, with the option to review and caption them before your posting goes live.

Certain major pages were brought out of their more obscure locations into the limelight. The Timeshare Companies page – a hotspot for those looking to buy or sell a points system – is no longer just tucked away on the resales page, but rather accessible directly under the “Find a Timeshare” tab near the top of the screen. There’s no need to visit the account page in order to view your postings, either. The “My Postings” link at the top of the page (left of the RedWeek banner) will instantly take you to the page where you can view and edit your postings.

While not active yet, we also have some great community features planned in the coming months! If you encounter any bugs, issues or something that just doesn’t seem to be working right, please let us know at support@redweek.com. We hope you’re every bit as excited as we are to experience the new RedWeek.com!

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Timeshare Travel – San Francisco and the America’s Cup

America's CupThroughout this summer San Francisco Bay has been the scene of the famed sailing competition known as the America’s Cup.
A  San Francisco timeshare vacation this week will allow you to be part of the exciting finish as the Finals conclude on Saturday, September 21.
An international sport, The America’s Cup is not named after the country, but rather the name of the winning schooner in the first international sailing competition held in 1851.

Visitors from around the world have been flocking to San Francisco since the 34th America’s Cup competition began in July. It’s easy to watch the races first-hand from just about anywhere along San Francisco’s waterfront.

In addition, before and after the day’s race you can enjoy activities and entertainment at the America’s Cup Village.

What’s the big deal about the America’s Cup?

Take  a look:

1. The World’s Fastest Boats

Two new catamaran designs are being tested and used in the 2013 America’s Cup. The AC72 is the version that is racing this week in the Finals.

Powered by a towering wing sail the AC72 i capable of top speeds in excess of twice the windspeed. At 72 feet long, 48 feet wide and powered by a 131-foot tall win sail, “the craft is a speed machine the likes of which has never been seen in America’s Cup racing.”

2. The World’s Best Sailors
From Olympic Gold Medalists to championship winners from around the globe, the America’s Cup attracts the best sailors in the world.

“The AC72 demands more of the crews than ever before,” explained a race official. “Athleticism is now a critical requirement for all crew members. The smaller crew size of 11 means every role n the boat is crucial to success, and each crew member will face physical demands equal to the toughest sports in the world.”

3. Oldest Sporting Trophy in the World
The America’s Cup is considered to be the most difficult trophy in sport to win. In the more than 150 years since the first race off England, only four nations have won what is often called the oldest trophy in international sports.

There are many budget-friendly San Francisco timeshare rentals where you can stay while enjoying the heady atmosphere of an America’s Cup race.

Photo Credit (top): sail-world.com
Photo Credit (bottom): sfyic.com

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ARDA Announces “The Timeshare Effect”

The Timeshare Effect initiative, a look at how timeshare vacations have a positive effect on lifestyle, family memories, and finances, is inspired by the “Travel Effect,” a campaign by the U.S. Travel Association.

The Timeshare Effect was developed by the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) to highlight the link between timeshare vacations and their effect on owners.

“We hear from our owners every day about how their lives have changed because of their timeshare ownership,” said Howard Nusbaum, president and CEO of ARDA.

“We wanted to capture this anecdotal sentiment with hard facts for other would-be timeshare owners,” Nusbaum said.

The Timeshare Effect covers three areas: finances, lifestyle, and family.

1. Financial
On the financial side, it’s clear that owning a timeshare enables families to take annual vacations for much less than what they would pay for a traditional hotel.

On average you can save 50% to 60% of what you would normally pay for a vacation. And your money stretches farther when you consider that instead of staying in a cramped hotel room you will be staying in condo-like accommodations at luxury resorts.

The timeshare kitchen alone is a big help in saving money since you don’t have to budget in the huge cost of eating out for three meals a day.

2. Lifestyle 
In addition to the financial savings, owning a timeshare has significant effects on lifestyle.

Since timeshare owners have essentially prepaid for their annual vacation, they are much more likely to take that vacation, which leads to many health and wellness benefits.

Owners enjoy beautiful resorts in great locations that offer flexibility and space for everyone.

3. Family Memories 
And there is nothing better than a regular vacation to create lifelong family memories.

Three out of four adults over 55 say they still have vivid memories of their childhood vacations, and 55 percent of adults want to create similar memories for their children and grandchildren.

A whopping 93 percent of kids say that vacations mean a chance to spend quality time with their parents. When traveling with grandparents, 60% of kids say it brings them closer together.

See The Timeshare Effect infographic for more fun information.

Consider buying a timeshare resale. You can also vacation in a timeshare rental first, to see how timeshare vacations can have a positive effect on your family’s vacation finances, lifestyle and family memories.

Source: ARDA
* All statistics from U.S. Travel’s Travel Effect

Photo Credit: sanddollarestate.com

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Timeshare Resort Spotlight: The Westin on St. John USVI

Plan a timeshare vacation to the tiny Caribbean island of St. John and the Westin St. John Resort.  The sparkling turquoise waters of the Caribbean define the extraordinary beauty of this resort.

You can relax on the white sand beaches or beside the resort’s waterfall pools, or be more active and go kayaking, scuba diving, and even play tennis on a turf court. The kids will love the ocean trampolines and the floating wall in the center of the beach.

A must-see is the exciting iguana feeding each afternoon when wild iguanas race in from all over to feast on left-over salad fixings.

At night let yourself go and dance to the lively reggae and calypso music in the resort’s lounges. During some of your days on St. John you’ll want to rent a jeep and explore the awesome Virgin Islands National Park.

The Park’s 7,000 acres covers two-thirds of St. John Island, encompasses breathtaking hills, valleys and beaches, and has miles of hiking trails through tropical forests. Along the Cinnamon Nature Trail you’ll come across the ruins of sugar plantations.

At the top of the Boudreaux Mountain Trail you’ll be at the highest point on the island at 1,277 feet above sea level. The view from there has been poetically described as “what you must see from heaven.”

The most popular hike is Reef Bay Trail, along which you’ll see the remains of sugar mills, as well as thousand year-old petroglyphs put there by ancestors of the island Taino people.

At Trunk Bay you’ll find the famous underwater snorkel trail, a good beginners spot, and great for anyone interested in learning about marine life. There are plaques placed along this underwater trail explaining the different species of tropical fish.

On land there is a variety of wildlife to enjoy as well. Nesting across Virgin Islands National Park are over 30 species of tropical birds.

Besides the thrill of catching a glimpse of these colorful birds on the wing, the entire family will have fun looking for green iguanas, scampering geckos, turtles, and even wild donkeys.

The temperatures on St. John Island can get into the hot 90’s during the summer months. So the best time for a timeshare vacation is December through April when the days and the ocean, too, are just deliciously warm.
Make plans now to get away from gloomy winter doldrums and treat the family to a sun-splashed Caribbean holiday at the Westin on St. John.

Timeshare rentals start at a budget-friendly $83/night, and are available at both phases of the resort: Westin St John Virgin Grand Villas and Westin St John Bay Vista Villas.

Photo Credit: nps.gov
Photo Credit: nationalparks.org

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A Farmers Market and a Timeshare Kitchen – a Perfect Match

On your summer timeshare vacation be sure to check out the local Farmers Markets.

Open air markets where the farmers and simple gardeners bring their goods to the public have been well-known around the globe for centuries. Prior to the industrialized age this was the only way of buying and selling foodstuffs.

But with modern mechanization allowing for farms that are thousands of acres and transportation of produce across continents, many countries have relied on supermarket chains.

A few countries, especially in Europe and Asia, have been able to maintain the outdoor market system, at least on a once-a-week basis, offering locally produced vegetables, fruits, and meats, as well as homemade cheeses and fresh-caught fish.

Some of the larger of these marketplaces have become famous for selling other goods such as silks, pottery, and even gems. The largest marketplace of this type is in Marrakech, Morroco, which has been continually operating since Medieval times.

However, it is only in recent years that the idea of “Farmers Markets” has gone mainstream, especially in the U.S. The “Go Green” movement is partially responsible, along with the latest trend in searching out healthy, nutritious food.

More and more urbanized folks are yearning for fresh, wholesome, and even organic produce to replace decades of processed and long-haul foods bought in supermarkets.

Statistics show that this trend is a strong one – the number of Farmers Markets in the U.S. has grown from 1755 in 1994 to over 5500 in 2013.

Five of the most popular Farmers Markets in the U.S. are:

1. Union Square Greenmarket, New York City, NY. 
 This city boasts over 40 Farmers Markets, of which Greenmarket is the flagship.

2. Ferry Plaza Market, San Francisco, CA.
Located against the backdrop of San Francisco’s Ferry Terminal, this farmers market features fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood and a gorgeous view of the Bay Bridge.

3. Capital City Farmers Market, Montpelier, VT.
The Capital City Farmers Market continues the tradition of small scale farmers markets with its total of forty vendors. It is famous for its variety of specialty farms like the Berry Creek Farm and Blackwell Roots Farm.

4. Santa Fe Farmers Market, Santa Fe, NM. 
The Santa Fe Farmers Market hosts over one hundred local vendors and offers a selection of Southwestern delicacies such as the smoked ristra chiles

5. Hale Halawei Farmers Market, Kauai, HI.
While each Hawaiian island offers its own popular Farmers Markets, including the Upcountry Farmers Market on Maui, and the Saturday Farmers’ Market at Kapi’olani on Oahu, the Hale Halawei wins popularity votes for good reason – it’s a natural being located on Hawaii’s “Garden Island.”

In addition, this Farmers Market doubles as a “Cultural Festival,” with lei-making and hula-dancing classes.

A wonderful way of truly enjoying the bounty of local Farmers Markets on your travels is to stay in a timeshare rental. This type of accommodation is not only budget-friendly, but includes a kitchen where you can feast on your bounty.

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Timeshare Travel – Disney’s Wildlife Wednesdays Introduces Baby Giraffe

Meet the very first Masai giraffe calf born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Plan a timeshare vacation to Walt Disney World to see this little fellow, who will be going out on the Kilimanjaro Safaris savanna with his mom in just a few weeks.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom has two giraffe subspecies for you to enjoy. The Masai roam the Kilimanjaro Safaris savanna, and the reticulated can be seen on the savannas of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

The Masai giraffe is native to southern Kenya and throughout Tanzania. Reticulated giraffes are widely found in northern Kenya and in Somalia.

The Masai giraffe’s coat features jagged-edged patches. The patches are dark brown on a cream background, making the Masai the darkest-colored subspecies.

The reticulated giraffe’s coat features a pattern of very defined patches that usually are orangish-brown. The patches are separated by bright white lines, and the lower part of the legs are a lighter color.

It is estimated that there are fewer than 40,000 Masai giraffes in the wild. The reticulated giraffe is more threatened in the wild, with numbers fewer than 5,000. Giraffes are threatened by habitat loss and habitat fragmentation, poaching, and human-wildlife conflicts.

Rent a timeshare at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas, where you can get a good look at your neighbors.

The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) helps to support conservation programs for wildlife such as giraffes.

For example, through a recent project, the DWCF helped Tusk Trust USA and the Ruko Community Wildlife Conservancy reintroduce Rothschild’s giraffes in Kenya.

Since its inception in 1995, the DWCF has provided more than $4.5 million to support habitat conservation for giraffes and other African wildlife.

Through collaboration with Disneynature and the “See ‘African Cats,’ Save the Savanna” campaign, the DWCF also helped the African Wildlife Foundation to protect more than 65,000 acres of land in Kenya’s Amboseli Wildlife Corridor to enable indigenous animals including giraffes, cheetahs, and lions to roam freely between protected habitats.

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Flying to Your Timeshare? You’ll Want to Bring These 4 Items Onboard

Many of you are planning to fly to your timeshare vacation this summer, but what you find – or, actually, don’t find – on airplanes these days could come as quite a shock to first-time fliers or those of you who haven’t flown in a while.

Most airlines no longer offer free pillows, blankets, or meals. And some airlines have begun charging for the water, coffee, or soda that they used to hand out.

You may be fine without the free blanket or pillow, but there are some essentials that you will need to take with you.

1. Food. 
Unless you don’t mind paying $8.50 for a small roll and an extra $1.00 for a pat of butter, you might want to consider bringing your own food with you from home.

The TSA allows you to bring food through security as long as it is wrapped. In other words, an open napkin with a pile of french fries won’t do. Wrapped sandwiches from home, fruit, nuts, granola bars, and even veggies and dip (in an airtight container 3 oz or less) are all acceptable.

You can bring beverages on board, including hot coffee, that you purchase after going through security. Many people these days bring along an empty water bottle, and fill it at the water fountain after passing security.

2. Entertainment. 
Today’s plethora of electronic gadgets has changed the way we “endure” a flight. Instead of hoping that you are on a flight that offers a decent movie, and then having to come up with $5-$10.00 for the earphones and the chance to watch it, you now can bring along your own entertainment.

From iPods to iPads, laptop computers to Kindle readers, you can now bring your own music, movies, and novels.

Back in the day, airlines used to provide an assortment of top magazines, but that is no longer the case. Since electronic devices can only be turned on during mid-flight, it’s a good idea to also bring some magazines to keep you occupied during the times when you don’t have access to your electronics.

3. Comforts. 
The reason blankets used to be provided is that in-flight temperatures can drop, causing a cool cabin. You can only bring your own blanket if you stuff it in your carry-on.

And easier way is to be sure to bring a jacket or a hoodie  to have some way of keeping warm if the flight turns chilly.

For further comfort you might want to stick an air-travel neck pillow and an eye mask in your carry-on if you’re on a long flight.

4. Credit Card. 
If you haven’t flown in awhile, be advised that cash is no longer accepted onboard airlines. If you want to purchase a drink, movie, the use of a blanket or pillow, or even WiFi, you will need a credit card.

Now that you know how to be prepared for your flight, find a great timeshare rental anywhere in the world for your next vacation.

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Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday Photo – Wyoming Prairie

Outside Laramie, Wyoming – submitted by Kacy Hattan, Champagne, IL.

Wyoming is the least populous state in the U.S. The western two-thirds is covered in mountains and the eastern third, where Laramie is located, is high elevation prairie known as High Plains.

Wyoming is a state that offers many experiences on your timeshare vacation that take you back to America’s Old West, including Cheyenne Frontier Days, and a horseback ride to Hole in the Wall where Butch Cassidy hid his gang.

The wide outdoors of Wyoming’s prairies bring you close to wildlife, including deer and antelope.

Find a Wyoming timeshare rental, and enjoy exploring America’s true west.

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Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday Photo – Down in the Grand Canyon

At the bottom of the Grand Canyon, photography by Erin McDonnell, Phoenix, AZ.

Considered one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, Grand Canyon National Park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.

Doing the rim-to-rim hike has become a popular goal for many outdoor aficionados. Veterans of the hike suggest taking four days, which gives you the time to appreciate many aspects of being down in the Canyon, including Cottonwood Camp, Phantom Ranch, and Ribbon Falls.

Find a luxurious and budget-friendly Arizona timeshare rental.

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