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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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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
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Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday Photo – Norway UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Geiranger Fjord, submitted by A. DeCrites, Chicago

Located in the southwestern part of Norway, the Geiranger Fjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most popular tourist sites in Norway.

During the summer there is lush green vegetation and thundering waterfalls. There is very little habitable shore area, so the two villages in the fjord remain small.

A few scattered abandoned farms are undergoing restoration, and can be visited by boat. The cliff sides are so steep that the early farmers had to fasten bridges to the rock walls with iron bolts.

Kayaking, hiking, and sight-seeing boat tours are all available.

Check out Europe timeshare rentals.

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Timeshare Travel – Visiting the 9-11 Memorial in New York City

Plan a timeshare vacation to New York City to visit The National September 11 Memorial, and see the progress on the building of One World Trade Center.

The 9-11 Memorial remembers the almost 3000 men, women, and children who died in New York City in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 25, 1993.

Poignantly the memorial is officially named “Reflecting Absence.” Popularly called the “9/11 Memorial “ it opened on the 10th Anniversary of the attacks, September 11, 2012.

The actual foundations of each of the two towers, the “footprints” where the World Trade Center twin towers once stood, have been turned into pools where 30-foot waterfall fountains – the largest in North America – cascade.

Around each pool the names of the victims have been etched in bronze. Interestingly, the placement of the names is not alphabetical, but instead honors the request from the victims’ families to place certain names with others based on where they were that day, and the relationships the people had with each other. 

Eventually an 8-acre field of white oak trees will surround the footprints. The trees are from nurseries near each of the three sites of the 9-11 attack – New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksviille, Pennsylvania where Flight 93 went down.

When fully redeveloped the new World Trade Center will not only include the 9-11 Memorial but also a museum, commercial office buildings, retail shops, and connections to the subway.

The centerpiece will be One World Trade Center, also known as the Freedom Tower. Including its pinnacle height this new skyscraper will be 1776 feet high, a symbolic honoring of the year in which the United States declared itself an independent nation.

This height also makes the Freedom Tower the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and tentatively the 3rd tallest building in the world.

Construction will continue for some time on the various new World Trade Center buildings. The 9-11 Memorial will be open to the public during this time, but to ensure the public’s safety, as well as the security of the construction site, screening and passes are required. The passes are free.

Once the new World Trade Center complex is completely built, the public will have open access to the 9-11 Memorial, including the footprint fountains and the beautiful park of white oak trees.

New York City timeshare rentals are amazingly budget-friendly in downtown Manhattan.

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Timeshare Travel – Southern California’s Wine Country AutumnFest

Plan a fall timeshare vacation to southern California’s Wine Country.

California Wine Country is generally considered to be the counties of Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino north of San Francisco. World-renowned vintages draw millions of visitors a year to the area’s famous wineries. 

But here’s a secret – for a real treat visit Southern California Wine Country. The town of Temecula is the center, which sits equi-distant and just about an hour from San Diego, Los Angeles, and Orange County.

This picturesque valley with a Mediterranean climate is home to more than 35 wineries that have cultivated over 3,500 acres of vineyards.

While northern California wine country began as far back as 1856 when Hungarian immigrant Agoston Haraszthy planted his first vines, wine grapes wouldn’t be planted in Southern California until over one hundred years later.

In several different locations throughout the valley, Richard Break and Leon Borel, working for the newly formed Rancho California Development Corporation, planted 56 different varieties of grapes.

John Moramarco planted a thousand acres for the Brookside Vineyards and Winery in 1967.

The town of Temecula wasn’t finally incorporated until 1989.

The Temecula Valley is now recognized as a full-fledged appellation, legally defining it as a wine-producing geographical area. Gaining well-deserved recognition the area has received over 5,000 awards for its wine.

Harvest of the heavy, ripe fruit in the fall is worthy of a celebration, and AutumnFest is a three-month long celebration of the area’s wineries.

In September Temecula Valley proudly participates in California Wine Month. Take your SIP Passport with you on your self-guided tour where passport holders can savor wine tasting at five of the Valley’s premier wineries, along with enjoying special savings.

October is when the Old Town Temecula Fall Rod Run attracts over 30,000 auto enthusiasts to participate in the Friday Night Cruise, and the Saturday Show and Shine. Hundreds of of the finest vehicles – all pre-1974 – are proudly displayed.

And in November the eagerly anticipated Harvest Celebration Barrel Tasting gets underway. This food and wine adventure is self-guided at more than 30 participating wineries.

At each stop you’ll find barrel samples of unfinished wines that are not available to the general public. Along the way you can sample finished wines and delicious foods.

Throughout the three-month long AutumnFest, the various wineries get in on the fun with other exciting events including Wilson Creek’s Sunset Jazz in the Vines, and Mount Palomar’s Grape Stomps.

You can also participate in everything from South Coast’s Blessing of the Wine Celebration to Monte de Oro’s Rocky Horror Halloween Bash. 

Check out the many California timeshare rentals available within an easy drive of Temecula’s Southern California Wine Country.

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Timeshare Travel – New Bridge for San Francisco Bay

The next time you take a timeshare vacation to San Francisco, you’ll see something new on the San Francisco Bay skyline.

A graceful white tower is part of the self-anchored suspension span of the new Bay Bridge, which officially opened this past Monday, September 2, 2013.

Whether you cross the Bay Bridge as a driver, a bicyclist or a pedestrian, you’ll undoubtedly be taken with its gleaming white paint job, its graceful tower and its spider web of suspension cables, not to mention its sweeping views, which can now be easily enjoyed unlike the old bridge which blocked them.

The new span replaces a structure that was damaged during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. It is designed to withstand the strongest earthquake estimated by seismologists to occur at the site over a 1,500-year period.

The Bay Bridge is actually composed of several parts, beginning with a sleek skyway from the Oakland side that leads to the new, self-anchored suspension bridge – with its looming, single white tower.

The span then leads onto Yerba Buena Island in the middle of the bay. On the other side of the island, the old double-decker west span, which has been retrofitted to higher earthquake standards, completes the crossing to San Francisco.

But as esthetically impressive as the $6.4 billion new span may be, its graceful looks overshadow its main mission: to not only remain standing after a devastating earthquake but to be able to carry emergency vehicles and supplies across the bay soon after the ground stops shaking.

Seismic engineers who designed the span used a variety of innovative techniques, some borrowed from offshore construction, to help make the bridge strong, yet flexible enough to withstand the greatest seismic forces imaginable.

Before installing any of the innovations on the span, pieces were built and tested in laboratories from Reno to San Diego.

Engineers admire the old Bay Bridge, saying it was meticulously designed and well-assembled. But it is riddled with seismic deficiencies because when the span was built, seismic engineering was neither common nor sophisticated.

The new span includes a 15.5 foot-wide bike and pedestrian path that will be extended onto the island after the old eastern span is removed.

Check out the many budget-friendly San Francisco timeshare rentals available.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday Photo – A Garden of Glass

Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle, WA. Submitted by Devon Jefferson, Colorado.

Dale Chihuly is a world-famous American artist whose works are considered unique to the field of blown glass, moving it into the realm of large-scale sculpture. He began creating exhibitions of his glass sculptures within glass houses and botanical settings in 2001.

Although Chihuly has exhibited all over the world, his home studio is in Seattle having been born and raised in neighboring Tacoma.

Nestled at the base of the iconic Seattle Space Needle is the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition which utilizes both the glass-within-glass-house and the garden setting.

Find a budget-friendly Washington State timeshare rental.

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Timeshare Travel – Florence, Italy’s Crown Jewel

Plan a timeshare vacation to fascinating Italy. A nation distinguished by rich cultural history and numerous attractions of staggering natural beauty, Italy has a geographic advantage that can draw visitors and bring an estimated $50 billion of GDP (Gross Domestic Product).

Visiting Florence: The Jewel in Italy’s Tourism Crown 

Florence is one of Italy’s most alluring tourism resorts, and represents a glittering jewel in the nation’s crown. It is a renaissance city that is situated in the heart of Tuscany, and it is home to some of the nation’s finest museums and religious buildings.

If you are planning a tour to Florence, however, you will need to identify the region’s best popular attractions in order to create a suitable itinerary. Consider the following:

1. Il Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore 
 Perhaps Florence’s most popular tourist destination, the Il Duomo Cathedral boasts an historical legacy that stretches back to the 13th century. Designed in 1296 and consecrated in 1436, it can hold a staggering 20,000 visitors and represents a masterpiece of large scale architecture and construction.

With a multi-coloured exterior of green, pink and glistening white marble, it draws visitors from beyond the picturesque boundaries of Santa Maria del Fiore.

Many international visitors flock to climb the 463 steps towards Il Duomo’s summit, and it remains one of the most widely visited tour locations.

2. The Baptistery, in Piazza San Giovanni 
An even older example of Renaissance architecture can be traced back to the 11th century, and the grandiose Baptistery of John the Baptist. This is actually Florence’s oldest building, and another that features the unique aesthetic combination of green and white marble.

It is another resort frequently visited by the nation’s leading tour operators, with its staggeringly well reproduced bronze entrances representing a seminal achievement in aesthetic beauty. There are also a number of fascinating artefacts kept safely inside, including a marvellous marble pavement of the zodiac.

3. The Galleria degli Uffizi 
While the Galleria degli Uffizi may not be Florence’s most picturesque building, it is perhaps the most seminal.

The museum is known to hold the world’s most important and comprehensive Renaissance art, and it is this bounty of unique treasure that draws tour visitors from all corners of the globe.

Offering a fascinating insight into the history of art from medieval times to the contemporary period, the Uffizi showcases thousands of paintings alongside antique sculptures, illuminations and tapestries. Including renowned artists such as Michelangelo, Giotto, Botticelli, Raphael, Perugino and Leonardo da Vinci, it represents a must see location for anyone with a passion for history and its relationship with art.

Stay in a Tuscany timeshare rental and immerse yourself in the beauty of Florence’s Italian Renaissance.

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Timeshare Travel: The World’s Top Tourist Destination Is … France

Plan a timeshare vacation to France. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the world’s number one tourist destination is France, with 83 million international tourist arrivals in 2012 – up almost 2% over the previous year.

The complete top 10 are:
1. France – 83 million international tourist arrivals
2. United States – 67 million international tourist arrivals
3. China – 57.7 million international tourist arrivals
4. Spain – 57.7 million international tourist arrivals
5. Italy – 46.4 million international tourist arrivals
6. Turkey – 35.7 million international tourist arrivals
7. Germany – 30.4 million international tourist arrivals
8. United Kingdom – 29.3 million international tourist arrivals
9. Russian Federation – 25.7 million international tourist arrivals
10. Malaysia – 25 million international tourist arrivals

The UNWTO report indicates that international tourist arrivals in Europe rose by 3% in 2012 on top of a strong 2011 (+6%). Accounting for 52% of all international arrivals worldwide, Europe reached 534 million tourist arrivals in 2012, 18 million more than in 2011.

International tourism receipts increased by 2% in real terms totaling US$ 458 billion (euro 356 billion), representing 43% of the world total.

The report also indicated that the Americas welcomed 163 million international tourists in 2012, up 7 million (+5%) on the previous year. The region maintained its share of worldwide arrivals at 16%, while its share of receipts was up by one percentage point to 20%.

But for now, France is Number One. From glittering Paris to rolling vineyards, from the French Riviera to the French Alps, France is a country that offers something for everyone.

For the tried and true, but with that special French flair, of course, you do know there is a Paris Disneyland?

Or get off the beaten path and enjoy the charming village of Conques (see center photo) where no cars are allowed, tour the east coast of Corsica, explore the island of Ouessant off the coast of Brittany (see bottom photo), ponder the cliffs of Normandy (see top photo).

You’ll be planning a timeshare vacation to France year after year to get it all seen and experienced. Many places you’ll enjoy exploring are an easy train ride out of Paris.

There are great French timeshare rentals and timeshare exchanges available.

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Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday Photo – The Mile High City from the Heavens

Flying into Denver, CO. Submitted by Kyle Jennings, Nashville, TN.

Denver has something for everybody for a timeshare vacation. Take a tour of the U.S. Mint; explore the Brown Palace Hotel, an 1880s hotel that has been refurbished to all of its original elegance and splendor; attend a game of any one of the four major sports – Major League baseball, NFL football; NHL hockey, and NBA basketball; enjoy the Mile High City’s many Fall festivals.

Summer mountain biking, hiking and river rafting, golden fall foliage, and world class skiing are all within an hour’s drive of Denver, in the spectacular Rocky Mountains.

Take a look at the many Colorado timeshare rentals available.

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