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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

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Top 5 Things to Do in August

As the summer season ends you can still sneak in some late summer fun at one of these August events. If you are renting a timeshare in the area check out these events:

1. Chicago Lollapalooza (August 1-3): Did you know this event started out as a traveling farewell to the band Jane’s Addiction? Well now Chicago’s Grant Park hosts Lollapalooza for a rollicking and muscial good time. Love food? Chow Town (food market) will be on hand and so will Green Street (the eco-centre) and for the little ones they can enjoy kidzapalooza.
Web: Chicago Lollapalooza

2. The Rhode Island International Film Festival (August 5-10): Providence, RI plays host to this film festival where directors, writers, and movie buffs (like you) can hang out together and rub elbows. Or you can go enjoy the shows and discover new voices in independent films.
Web: The Rhode Island International Film Festival

3. Made in Hawaii Festival (August 15-17): Head to Honolulu for the Made in Hawaii Festival. On display: arts, crafts, foods, books, gifts, fashions, plants and even cooking demos. You can call it your one-stop Christmas shop while you support local Hawaiian-made goods.
Web: Made in Hawaii Festival

4. Rocky Mountain Folks Festival (August 15-17): If you are in the Lyons, CO area don’t miss the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival. Music is showcased on the main stage from morning until 10 pm each night. Food is offered by local vendors at the event. Take a blanket (the locals bring tarps) and enjoy the mellow sounds of Blue Grass in the Rocky Mountains and watch your kids play in the sandy beach next to the stage.
Web: Rocky Mountain Folks Festival

5. Nevada Burning Man (August 25 – September 1): For this event you will be in the middle-of-nowhere Nevada desert with over 50,000 eccentric people who travel to Burning Man to build a temporary city before sending it all up in flames. Sound like fun? The event is dedicated to community, art, and self-expression and involves a big party.
Web: Nevada Burning Man

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Top 5 Amusement Parks

Adrenaline junkies will love to know about these amusement parks. Rent a nearby timeshare and take your family on a roller coaster hunt at one of these fun-filled adventure parks.

1. Cedar Point: Known as the roller coaster capital of the world Cedar Point (pictured) does not disappoint. If you are a roller coaster buff then this place is for you. The goal: ride every coaster in the park…twice.
Web: Cedar Point
Location: Sandusky, Ohio

2. Six Flags Magic Mountain: Six Flags is also known for its roller coasters. The most famous: The Green Lantern. If you are an adrenaline junkie this park is for you.
Web: Six Flags Magic Mountain
Location: Valencia, California

3. Hershey Park: Roller coasters and chocolate, what a combination. This park was created for the employees of the Hershey Chocolate factory. Today it’s open to everyone and there is even a water park for those who want to cool off on warmer days.
Web: Hershey Park
Location: Hershey, Pennsylvania

4. Knott’s Berry Farm: This is one of the oldest parks in the United States. Named by the original Knott’s jam producers the park features thrill rides and water rides.
Web: Knott’s Berry Farm
Location: Buena Park, California

5. Knoebels: Nostalgic types will adore this old fashioned amusement park. It’s also super affordable for families. There are even a couple wooden coasters for those who want to ride the old school way.
Web: Knoebels
Location: Elysburg, Pennsylvania

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Top 5 Places to Fly a Kite

There are only a few things needed to fly a kite. A large open space with no obstructions, a steady wind, and your favorite kite. On your next timeshare rental take along a kite (or buy a kite in the area) and launch it from one of these kite perfect places:

1. Chrissy Field Center: There is a always a brisk breeze at Chrissy Field. Downtown San Francisco features this scenic park next to the bay where kite flyers love to set sail with views of the Golden Gate Bridge offering the perfect backdrop.
Web: Chrissy Field Center
Location: San Francisco, CA

2. Clearwater Beach: This gorgeous park is peppered with kites in the Sand Key area just far enough away from the bustling beach. There is also an active kite club plus kite stores in the area. Get ready to set sail. Web: Clearwater Beach
Location: Tampa Bay, FL

3. Wildwoods: The New Jersey Shore is where sport kiting was born and it’s also home to the annual International Kite Festival. The sandy beaches at Wildwoods feature just the right amount of room to get a running start to fly your favorite kite.
Web: Wildwoods
Location: Wildwood, NJ

4. Long Beach Peninsula: Washington State is a kite flying mecca. The Long Beach Peninsula features the American Kite Flying Museum and several kite stores. Consistent breezes in the coastal area offer 28 miles of beach front to go fly a kite.
Web: Long Beach Peninsula
Location: Long Beach, WA

5. South Padre Island: Head down to this Gulf Coast beach and you will be treated to seasoned local kite fliers with years of flying experience. The wide beaches offer the perfect place to send a kite aloft at South Padre Island (pictured).
Web: South Padre Island
Location: South Padres Island, TX

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Top 5 Outdoor Swimming Pools

There’s nothing better than cooling off on summer vacation. On your next timeshare rental swim in a fabulous outdoor pool. The best part is all these outdoor pools are open to the public! Just don’t forget to pack your suit.

1. Coral Gables Venetian Pool: This man-made, eight-foot deep lagoon designed in 1924 is drained every night and refilled with fresh spring water. The pool (pictured) is connected to a couple waterfalls with one reaching 25 feet high. A great place to cool off on vacation.
Web: Coral Gables Venetian Pool
Location: Coral Gables, FL

2. Barton Springs Pool: The 1,000-foot-long Barton Springs was sacred to Native Americans for their healing powers. Today you can take a dip and rejuvenate or lounge pool side on the grassy hills shaded by ancient oak trees.
Web: Barton Springs Pool
Location: Austin, TX

3. The Big Pool: This pool is known for its size. The Big Pool holds 2.2 million gallons of water and is large enough for water-skiing. There are 50 Olympic swimming lanes, three waters slides, and a children’s pool.
Web: The Big Pool
Location: Garden City, KS

4. Astoria Park Pool: This is the oldest and largest pool (at 330 feet in length!) in New York City. The Astoria Park Pool features a main pool, an Olympic diving pool and even a wading pool for wee ones.
Web: Astoria Park Pool
Location: Queens, NY

5. Rose Bowl Aquatics Center: There are two Olympic size pools at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center. One is 50 meters long and the other is 25 yards long with depth up to 17 feet. There’s even a 55,000 gallon warm water pool, several diving platforms, spring boards, and meter boards.
Web: Rose Bowl Aquatics Center
Location: Pasadena, CA

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Top 5 Things to Do in July 2014

July is the month we celebrate our nation’s independence. There are several other fun July events going on around the United States. On your next timeshare rental check out one of these fun events:

1. Boston Harborfest (July 2-6): This five-day long Fourth of July Festival features the colonial and maritime heritage of the American Revolution in historic Boston. There are more than 200 daily events during the festival in downtown historic Boston and the waterfront districts including reenactments, concerts, tours, and even a Chowderfest.
Web: Boston Harborfest

2. San Diego Symphony’s Summer Pops Concerts (July 4 – Labor Day): If you are in the San Diego area head on over to Embarcadero Marina Park South along the San Diego Bay for 10 weeks of concerts featuring the San Diego Symphony (pictured). Special singing guests join in with the symphony and there’s even a concert/screening of Disney’s Fantasia.
Web: San Diego Symphony’s Summer Pops 

3. North Carolina, Spruce Pine BBQ Championship & Bluegrass Festival (July 18-19): If you’ve never been to a BBQ competition don’t miss this one. From a wings contest to public tastings and a cornhole tournament there is something here for the whole family. Enjoy bluegrass music, clogging team events, crafts, and there’s even a 5K fun run.
Web: Spruce Pine BBQ Championship & Bluegrass Festival

4. Nashville Gala of The Royal Horses (July 19): If you haven’t heard the news, for the first time ever riding Master Rene Gasser is bringing his world-renowned equestrian tour to North America. One of the stops will be in Nashiville, TN. The Gala of The Royal Horses will feature a number of performances involving the Andalusian, Friesian, Lipizzaner and Arabian breeds.
Web: Gala of The Royal Horses (more locations here)

5. Colorado Grand Mesa Moose Day (July 26): Literally pack a picnic for this event, plop your family down and from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm be dazzled by moose. Their size, their attitudes, and their habits will be on display and you’ll even learn about moose biology. This is the closest most people will get to moose in their entire life. And the best part is this family-friendly event is free.
Web: Colorado Grand Mesa Moose Day

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Top 5 Day Hikes

It’s time to enjoy the great outdoors! On your next timeshare rental lace up your hiking boots and head out onto one of these day hike trails:


1. Angel Rocks: This trail is family-friendly! It’s a 3.5-mile roundtrip hike in the Chena River Recreation Area near Fairbanks, AK. Since summer offers extended hours you can get in a loop late in the day. Locals will tell you that the animals in the area come alive at night too.
Web: Angel Rocks Trail

2. Brewster Mudflats: Bring a pail, put on water shoes, and hike out to the mud flats near the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster, MA. This hike is not like other hikes you’ve been on. Prepare to get muddy. Kids love this hike!
Web: Brewster Mudflats

3. Falls Creek: If you are looking for a strenuous hike then the 6.1-mile Falls Creek Trail in South Carolina is for you. This hike will treat you to rocky switchbacks, uphill climbing, and onward to the entrance of Jones Gap State Park. Overall you will gain 1,700 feet of elevation. Best part: The waterfall.
Web: Falls Creek Trail

4. Rocky Top: If you are in the North Carolina and Tennessee areas you can’t go wrong with a day hike in the Great Smoky Mountains (pictured). If you want to see the famous Rock Top of country music fame take the 13.9-mile roundtrip Lead Cove Trail to Bote Mountain. Here you will have panoramic views of the Smokies.
Web: Rocky Top

5. Angel’s Landing: Head to Zion National Park in Utah for a 5-mile roundtrip hike in the Zion Canyon known as Angel’s Landing (roundtrip you will gain 1,488 feet). Start at the shuttle stop for the Grotto picnic area and take the West Rim Trail through 21 switchbacks (known as Walter’s Wiggles) and head up to Refrigerator Canyon. Snap some photos at the lookout and then continue on the last half mile which is known to get hairy.
Web: Angel’s Landing

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Top 5 Places to Float a Boat

Looking for something to do on your summer vacation? Stay in a timeshare and rent a boat and enjoy a day out on the water with your family and friends. Here are our top 5 cities to float a boat:

1. Seattle, Washington: Seattle is an ideal boating lifestyle (pictured). From the San Juan Islands in the north to Olympia in the south boaters are surrounded by scenic beauty. On clear days watch for the Olympic and Cascade Mountains framing the waterlines and if you’re lucky Mount Rainier will show it’s snow-capped ridges. Boaters also flock to Lake Union and Lake Washington for quick day trips around the area.
Where to rent a boat: Northwest Boat Rentals

2. San Diego, California: Mission Bay is known for floating boats and floating cookouts. Locals cruise out to Catalina Island for a day of bike riding. As you boat keep an eye out for Coronado Island and then look back and view the San Diego skyline.
Where to rent a boat: Mission Bay Sport Center

3. Austin, Texas: Eighty-five miles northwest of Austin is known as the Highland Lakes area of Texas. The area features six lakes that are perfect for boating and fishing. The two most popular lakes are Lake Austin (for skiing and wakeboarding) and Lake Travis (for big boats). Did you know that there are more than a dozen marinas on Lake Travis alone?
Where to rent a boat: Lake Travis Boats

4. Tampa Bay, Florida: This area averages 361 days of sunshine a year. A perfect place to float a boat and fish! Head to the Tampa Bay area near the Gulf of Mexico or to the St. Petersburg / Clearwater area for a day of boating fun. There you will discover hundreds of miles of well-marked waterways, dozens of marinas, and even waterfront restaurants.
Where to rent a boat: Tampa Bay Boats

5. Finger Lakes, New York: The Finger Lakes area includes Seneca Lake which hosts trout derbies (fun for kids!), Canandaigua Lake offers day cruises (for those who want to explore), and Cayuga Lake features at anchor picnics (for those who want to dine in nature). There are 11 lakes total in the area and all are beautiful and serene for boating.
Where to rent a boat: Finger Lake Boats

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Top 5 Things to Do this Summer

Looking for something different to do this summer with your family? On your next timeshare rental keep an eye out for one of these perfect summer adventures around America.

1. Eat at a True Lobster Shack: Tucked away in Maine is a remote shack overlooking Round Pond Harbor near the Pemaquid Lighthouse. The Round Pond Lobstermen’s Co-op features fresh lobster, steamers, and corn-on-the-cob. While you dine you are treated to a front row seat to fisherman in the area bringing in their daily catch.

2. Drive Down the Pacific Coast Highway: Start in LA and hop on California State Route 1 and drive toward San Francisco (or reverse the route). Be sure to stop at the cute towns along the way including Carmel-by-the-Sea, San Simeon (home of Hearst Castle), and Big Sur. Bring a camera as there are several spots you can pull over and snap a pic of the beautiful coastline. Insider tip: Keep an eye out for sea lions!

3. Enjoy the Cape Cod Beach: Your reward if you go is endless sandy beaches. The sand dunes frame the area and the Sandwich Town Beach features a walkover swampland. This beach is perfect for scuba diving (with its clay reef) and features ship wreckage and sea life. The boardwalk offers a great place to stretch your legs.

4. Watch a Drive-in Movie: Yes, you can still watch movies at the drive-in. Load up the family, pack some snacks, and head out to a drive-in movie in the area. The site outlines state-by-state which drive-ins are still open in our great United States. There’s nothing like kicking back to a slower time.

5. Cycle Across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco: If you are in the Bay Area be sure to rent a bike and cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge. After your ride enjoy a fresh fish meal at Fisherman’s Wharf. If you are feeling brave you can also take a night tour to Alcatraz.

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Top 5 Things to Do in June 2014

Summer vacation is upon us. Where do you plan to travel? If you rent a timeshare be sure to check out one of these great events happening around our country.

1. Disney World Star Wars Weekends (June 1, 6-8, 13-15): Let the force be with you at Star Wars Weekends this June at Disney World. Fans flock to see their favorite Star Wars characters. Throw on your favorite costumes and have some sci-fi fun.
Web: Star Wars Weekends
Location: Hollywood Studious, Walt Disney World, Orland, FL

2. Nashville Country Music Association Festival (June 5-8): Since 1972, Country Music fans have joined together for a festival full of country music that benefits music education in Nashiville’s Public Schools. Be sure to have a pen on hand to snag some autographs of your favorite artists. Otherwise, enjoy the music shows!
Web: Nashville Country Music Festival
Location: Multiple Locations, Nashville, TN

3. Chicago Blues Festival (June 13-15): Welcome to the world’s largest free event: The Chicago Blues Festival. Blues legends from around the globe perform on five different stages. Over half a million people attend each year so be sure to arrive early.
Web: Chicago Blues Festival
Location: Grant Park, Chicago, IL

4. Luling Watermelon Thump (June 26-29): Luling’s annual Watermelon Thump is just that, a four-day celebration of seed spitting, melon eating, and melon weighing. There’s even a queen’s pageant, a parade, concerts, and a carnival with kiddie rides.
Web: Watermelon Thump
Location: Watermelon Thump Pavilion on Davis Street, Luling, TX

5. Brooklyn Flea (Outdoors starting in June, every Saturday): This June the famous Brooklyn Flea will head outdoors at their flagship Fort Greene location. The Saturday flea is known for great prices, eclectic pieces, and vintage wares. Insider tip: Don’t miss the great food vendors in the area.
Web: Brooklyn Flea
Location: Outdoors at Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NY

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