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Need Help in Selecting TS Location for Friend

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I need your help in helping a good friend select a TS location. First, a bit of background...she's a great friend who is in desperate need of a vacation after taking care of her divorced, elderly, infirm parents the past few years. She has limited resources, so I'm offering her a week at any of my Marriotts or exchange thru II. She has the II book, but is at a loss to select a location because of her travel preferences.

Unlike DH and I, who up to this point, use our TSs for rest and relaxation, she's interested in cultural, historical, antiquities, churches, etc. She is not into fun in the sun, outdoors stuff or relaxation on vacation! Two of her best vacations were New Orleans and a tour of Mexico (Mexico City, Tasco, ...de Allende, etc) and she'd like something similar, using the TS as a base.

She'll be traveling by herself. She'll rent a car if absolutely necessary, but her ideal is deciding on the tour brochures in the hotel lobby and getting on the bus!

We're thinking Europe is out because of the awful exchange rate, but if that's not the case, suggestions are welcome. She'll travel in the off season, spring or fall.

Any suggestions? Thanks.

Ingrid
 

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From San Francisco - Hawaii. Tons of historical and cultural stuff.
 

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Historic Williamsburg, Virginia, U. S. A.

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Williamsburg VA -- loaded with nice timeshare resorts & full of historic sites related to the history of colonial America.

-- Alan Cole, McLean (Fairfax County), Virginia, USA.​

 

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Denise...never thought of Hawaii as anything but relaxation and outdoorsy stuff. Can you give me some specifics she might be interested in? I've been to all of the islands and loved them, but we mostly did fun in the sun and hiking. Maybe Oahu. It's been so many years and it is my least favorite island, but I recall Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, Arizona, Polynesian Cultural Center and some nightlife which she loves!

Alan...great suggestion, thank you.

Ingrid
 

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some ideas

would be Santa Fe area, Boston, Charleston SC & Savannah. The dollar is doing better against the euro so don't rule out Europe if your friend is willing to travel there on her own.
 

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Denise...never thought of Hawaii as anything but relaxation and outdoorsy stuff. Can you give me some specifics she might be interested in? I've been to all of the islands and loved them, but we mostly did fun in the sun and hiking. Maybe Oahu. It's been so many years and it is my least favorite island, but I recall Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, Arizona, Polynesian Cultural Center and some nightlife which she loves!

Alan...great suggestion, thank you.

Ingrid
Oahu is my least favorite island too, but it sounds like a good fit for your friend. In addition to the things you mentioned, we went on a fantastic WWII tour on Oahu - Home of the Brave Tour - we revisited some of the places on the tour because they had so much to see that we wanted to go back a 2nd time.

There are also several museums and the Iolani Palace

Here are more sightseeing ideas and I'd get her the book Driving and Discovering Oahu by Richard Sulliven.
 

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I was also thinking Boston. The Marriott Custom House would be perfect for her. Lots to do in the area and right across the street from the T.

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In the US it would be major cities to explore if she does not want to rent a car.

Chicago,NY and DC do not have Marriott TS Resorts so that leaves Boston which fits the bill.

I adore Colonial Williamsburgh/Jamestown area(need a car)-Marriott Manor Club.
 
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Thank you all for your suggestions. I talked to her earlier today and gave her your input.

Ingrid
 

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I would suggest Mazatlan or Puerto Vallarta

Both have some great culture. Mazatlan is one of the oldest cities in North America with lots to see and do.

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History, Culture ( Boston Symphony, Broadway Shows) Museums (Museum Fine Arts, Science Museum, Aquarium, Gardiner Museum, etc), tours, guided day trips to Plymouth, Salem, Freedom Trail, etc etc

web link to Massachusettes tourism:

www.mass-vacation.com
 
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Take a second look at Europe. The Exchange rate is much better than just a few weeks ago. We went in Aug when the the Pound was $2 and the Euro was $1.50 and I went back a couple of weeks ago and the Pound was $1.65 or so and the Euro was $1.30 or less. Spain, UK, Germany are all good places to go to and soak up History. Traveling in the off season is best for airfares as well.

I would recommend going there now as things probably will not go much lower (who knows?) and for history of the world, it cannot be beaten. If that is her thing, take the opportunity now before the rates change again for the worse.

My second Choice would be Mexico for the Aztec history. The peso is also going downhill against the dollar so it too is a relative bargain now. As she has been there already, Europe seems a better choice.

Both of these offer the type of experience you indicate she might be interested in and are good to experience Culture and History from another perspective than the USA. If you can get London or Paris, go now for the best of times.

Cheers
 

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If you're not interested in Europe due to exchange rates/cost, you might consider going to Quebec. Quebec City is easily the most European of all cities in North America, and has lots of interesting historical and cultural events. Montreal is interesting in a similar way, with the cathedral and other cultural spots.

I'm not sure on timeshare availability in the area though.

Michael
 
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