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By BerkshireConcepts
Joined: Jul 4, 2012
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Posted on: July 04, 2012 at 2:21PM

We are a new member with Berkshire Concepts and were able to book a 4bdr/sleeps 16 people for an entire week for only $659 that is an incredible deal for this property....they have great amenities here and it is very close to the Disney property in which they have a free shuttle . Also we did NOT have to go to a timeshare presentation. when you figure it out this only cost $41 per person for the whole week "I don't think you can beat that" 4 bdrm (16/Full) Click here to view the dates in a calendar. Apr 25-May 02 (7) $94*/night ($659.99*) Thanks Berkshire Concepts report a problem

Posted on: December 11, 2012 at 6:02PM

Cirque Romanès, Paris, France This is a unique, magical experience, a red-tented Roma circus in the French capital, surrounded by suburban housing blocks. The whole event has a ramshackle, mesmerising passion, with a lost-in-time atmosphere. There are no spangles and sequins here, but circus skills that have been honed outside in the wasteland around the caravans, from fire-eating to tightrope walking, acrobats and jugglers. The women swish and dance in their long skirts, and the soundtrack is frenetic Balkan folk from the live band. For more information and tickets see www.cirqueromanes.com. Fairmont Peace Hotel Band, Shanghai, China A Shanghai landmark, the tall, graceful Peace Hotel, overlooking the Bund, is one of the most powerfully resonant relics of old Shanghai. Its time-capsule nature is all the more pronounced as it faces the futurist landscape of Pudong on the opposite riverbank. Renovations have given the hotel’s snazzy Art Deco interiors a facelift, but one thing remains eternal: the Jazz Bar in the basement. There’s an old-school elegance here, and you’ll feel transported back to the 1920s and ‘30s listening to the Old Jazz Band’s six veteran musicians (their average age is 77). To book or find out more, visit www.fairmont.com/PeaceHotel; the band play nightly from 7pm. Royal Opera House Tea Dance, London, England Harking back to the days when the Royal Opera House was the place in London to dance the cha-cha, waltz and quick step, there are now regular tea dances throughout the season in the stately Paul Hamlyn Hall. Huge windows overlook the Covent Garden piazza, palms in pots grace the hall, nimble feet of all ages do the steps, and it’s all to the accompaniment of the Royal Opera House Dance Band. Sundays here will transport you back to a seemingly gentler time, when dancing meant gliding around a room rather than throwing shapes. For dates and to buy tickets see the Royal Opera House website at www.roh.org.uk. Whirling Dervishes Whirling Dervishes by Vladimer Shioshvili. Creative Commons ShareAlike Licence Whirling Dervishes, Istanbul, Turkey At the Silivrikapı Mevlana Cultural Center you can see the ancient spiritual Sema Ceremony, where whirling dervishes spin in order to encourage communication with god and intoxicate the soul, as has been the tradition for hundreds of years. Of course, this is not an entertainment, but an important religious ceremony, but it’s a beautiful event to experience purely aesthetically as well as spiritually. The dervishes spin with complete control, their long robes circling outwards, forming a pattern like stylised blooms. For information on the regular evening Sema ceremonies, see www.emav.org. El Misteri d’Elx, Spain The Mystery of Elche is one of the world’s great mystery plays, depicting the Virgin Mary’s death and ascendance into heaven, and is performed every year in the picturesque town of Elche, close to Alicante. The mystical rendering of the story has been performed in this way, in Elche’s Basilica of Santa Maria and the evocative Moorish streets of its palm-shaded old town since the 15th century. To watch is to be suspended in time: it’s medieval to its core, with its epic pomp, flowing robes and solemn, emotive processions. The event is on Unesco’s List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, and was designated a ‘national monument’ in 1931. For more information see the Elche Tourist Board website at www.visitelche.com; takes place over two days in mid-August annually. Greek amphitheatre Greek amphitheatre by Athena Lao. Creative Commons Attribution Licence Greek Tragedy, Amphitheatre, Epidaurus, Greece To experience theatre as people did in Ancient Greece, head to the amphitheatre of Epidaurus, one of the world’s great buildings, a fan-shaped, open-air auditorium set into a hillside. The amphitheatre is famed for its incredible acoustics – even if an actor speaks quietly, they will be heard from every seat. The theatre is situated within the archaeological site of the Sanctuary of Asklepios, around two hours’ drive from Athens. During the annual summer Athens & Epidaurus Festival there are regular performances of ancient classics, such as plays by Euripides. Attend for an uncanny sense of what the experience was like for theatregoers around 2000 years ago. For more details see www.greekfestival.gr/en; most performances take place in August and September; book tickets on +30 210-32 72 000. Qawaali Singers, Delhi, India Rather than pure entertainment, the Qawaali singers at the shrine of Hazrat Nizamuddin, perform for an important religious, devotional purpose. However, the songs after evening prayers are open to all, and visiting when the performance is taking place is a mystical and evocative experience that should not be missed if you’re in the area. The devotional concert feels as if it has barely changed for hundreds of years; pilgrims collect smouldering incense and buy trinkets to leave at the shrine, and the hypnotic music mesmerises the crowd. The singing takes place nightly from around sunset at Hazrat Nisamuddin Dargah, Delhi; it’s most spectacular on Thursdays and feast days. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London Close to the site of the iconic Elizabethan Globe theatre, London’s contemporary Globe was created to evoke the original, a half-timbered theatre-in-the-round, open to the sky. Attending a Shakespeare performance here today is unlike any other theatrical experience, especially if you stand with the ‘groundlings’, the cheapest price ticket, though you don’t have to contend with brawling and lack of toilets as the Elizabethans standing in this area would have. Although you have to stand, there’s no better way to feel involved in the show and close to the action. To read more, see the program and book tickets, see www.shakespearesglobe.com. Presepe Vivanti (Living Nativity), Sutri, Lazio, Italy Living Nativities – re-enactments of the story of Jesus Christ’s birth in a stable – take place all over Italy over Christmas. Some are impressive pageants, some small and local recreations of the Christmas story. The one at Sutri in Lazio, a short trip from Rome, is of the latter variety, but deserves particular mention because of its mesmerising, back-in-time setting, which is the hollowed-out Etruscan tombs that surround the town. The scenes are candlelit; the atmosphere compelling. It definitely feels not-of-this-century. For more information, contact the Sutri Turismo; check the local town hall website at www.comune.sutri.vt.it. Bali Dancers / Balinese Dance - Yellow Gold Silk Bali Dancers / Balinese Dance - Yellow Gold Silk by Dominic Alves. Creative Commons Attribution Licence Balinese Dance, Indonesia Resembling ancient temple reliefs come to life, Balinese dancers are exquisite, even otherworldly looking, elaborately dressed in outfits of bright colours shot through with delicate gold, with fresh flowers adorning their headdresses. They use stylised hand and feet gestures, as well as eye movements, imbued with ancient meaning. Traditional dances are tied up with religious expression, and tell the stories of the great Hindu epics. But beyond its liturgical function, Balinese dance is also a majestic spectacle, and one that connects you directly to the past. At Ubud Palace, Jl Raya Ubud, Bali, there are near-nightly performances in a royal setting, while Pura Dalem Ubud Jl Raya Ubud, is one of the prettiest venues. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/themes/best-in-travel-2013/best-back-in-time-entertainments/?intaffil=lpemail#ixzz2EmsPhD4v

Posted on: December 11, 2012 at 6:01PM

More Festive Travel Click here to find out more! Festivals of the world: where to go in December 15 Nov, 2012 Whirling dervishes in Turkey This article is an excerpt from A Year of Festivals. The top festivities for December are listed below. National Finals Rodeo Las Vegas Strip Las Vegas Strip by Jed Scattergood. Creative Commons Attribution Licence Location: Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas, USA Dates: Starts in the first full week of December It could be argued that Las Vegas is a never-ending festival, a glorified fairground where the lights never go down. But there are moments when even Vegas outshines itself, and the 10-day National Finals Rodeo (NFR) is prime among them. Read more. Quema del Diablo (Burning of the Devil) Antigua - Arco Antigua - Arco by Juan Camilo Trujillo. Creative Commons Attribution Licence Location: Guatemala City and Antigua, Guatemala Date: 7 December If you want some brownie points ahead of Christmas, there are few better ways than to help the Guatemalans burn the devil. In local traditions, the devil lurks in the corners of homes, beneath beds and among garbage. Each year, as a prelude to Christmas, homes are cleaned and on 7 December the rubbish is collected in the streets. Often, an effigy of the devil is thrown on top, just to really sort him out. Read more. Santarun Location: Newtown, Wales Date: First or second Sunday in December What better way to start the silly season than doing something really stupid in a Santa suit while trying to earn a place in Guinness Book of Records. On the Santarun, thousands of people slap on a jolly-red Santa suit and run a 7.2km course around the Powys town. Read more. Klausjagen (Chasing the Claus) Location: Küssnacht, Switzerland Date: 5 December Cast aside any preconceptions about the restrained nature of the Swiss as you watch them beat up on a fellow named Santa Claus. On the eve of St Nicholas Day, the good folk of Küssnacht, on the northern shores of Lake Lucerne, drag out their whips and cow bells for one of the country’s more unusual parades. Read more. Mevlâna Festival (Whirling Dervishes Festival) Sama (danse) de Derviches tourneurs Sama (danse) de Derviches tourneurs by Claude Valette. Creative Commons Attribution Licence Location: Sports stadium, Konya, Turkey Dates: 10–17 December In the Islamic world the 13th-century Sufipoet Celaleddin Rumi, or Mevlâna (Our Guide), is all but considered a saint. One of the world’s great mystic philosophers, his poetry and religious writings are among the most beloved and respected in Islam and beyond. Read more. L’escalade Geneva Geneva by Sam Wolff. Creative Commons Attribution Licence Location: Geneva, Switzerland Date: 11 December If you want a decent excuse to eat chocolate before Christmas, Geneva has come up with it. At l’Escalade, the city’s largest festival, marzipan-filled marmites en chocolat (chocolate cauldrons) are smashed and the sweet pieces are gathered up and devoured. Read more. Día de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe) Location: Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Mexico City, Mexico Date: 12 December Our Lady of Guadalupe (or the Virgin Mary) is no ordinary heavenly being. In 1531 she appeared four times to an indigenous Christian convert, Juan Diego, on Cerro del Tepeyac (Tepeyac Hill). Over the centuries she’s been credited with all manner of miracles, and has become Mexico’s patron saint. Read more. Chaumos Weathered yet spirited Weathered yet spirited by manalahmadkhan. Creative Commons Attribution Licence Location: Kalasha valleys, Pakistan Dates: 10 days around the winter solstice By the middle of December in the three Kalasha valleys of Rumbur, Bumboret and Birir, the crops have been stored for the winter and it’s time to celebrate. The largest festival for the Kalasha people, who stubbornly resist the Islamic religion that surrounds them, it’s a time of visiting, feasting and dancing. Read more. Chriskindlesmarkt (Christmas Market) Location: Hauptmarkt, Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany Dates: Friday before Advent Sunday to 24 December In Germany ’tis the season to be shopping. Across the country, Christmas markets spring up throughout the month leading up to the big day. Most famous among them is the Nuremberg market, filling the city’s main square with almost 200 stalls and drawing in around two million people. Read more. Procession de San Lázaro (Procession of St Lazarus) The Great Theatre of Havana (Gran Teatro de La Habana) and a Ford Consul The Great Theatre of Havana (Gran Teatro de La Habana) and a Ford Consul by Brian Snelson. Creative Commons Attribution Licence Location: Santuario de San Lázaro, El Rincón, Cuba Date: 17 December For a pilgrimage worth bloodying your knees to see, head for El Rincón on the outskirts of Havana to watch (or join) up to 50,000 faithful descend en masse on the venerated shrine of Lazarus, a saint known for his ministrations to lepers and the poor. Read more. Dewgal (Crossing of the Cattle) Moschee von Djenné Moschee von Djenné by qiv. Creative Commons Attribution Licence Location: Diafarabé, Mali Dates: Late December or early January; dates aren’t set until November All across central Mali from November, visitors will see Fula herders and their vast herds closing in on the Niger River, readying themselves for one of West Africa’s most picturesque annual rituals. When the river levels are just right, the town of Diafarabé is transformed into a hive of activity, as hundreds of thousands of cows are driven southwards and across the Niger River to greener pastures. Read more. Fiesta de Santo Tomás (Feast of St Thomas) Location: Town plaza, Chichicastenango, Guatemala Dates: 13–21 December The highland city of Chichicastenango (Chichi) celebrates its patron saint in a rather death-defying way. For a week festivities are limited to typical festival events – parades, traditional dances, fireworks – but on 21 December (St Thomas’ Day) things look up, literally. On this day, wooden poles as high as 30m are raised in the plaza beside the Iglesia de Santo Tomás and the dance of the palo volador (flying pole) begins. Read more. Hogmanay (New Year) Near the bottom of Calton Hill Near the bottom of Calton Hill by Jenni Douglas. Creative Commons Attribution Licence Location: Edinburgh, Scotland Dates: 29 December–1 January For Scots, the New Year has always been a more important celebration than Christmas, and largely they’ve managed to convince the world of the same through the enormous Hogmanay celebrations that engulf Edinburgh. Read more. Festival of the Sahara Diplomats discover charm of Tunisian Sahara Diplomats discover charm of Tunisian Sahara by Magharebia. Creative Commons Attribution Licence Location: Douz, Tunisia Dates: 23–27 December While the Christian world is occupied with snowy, Christmasy scenes, Saharan nomads flock to Douz, Tunisia’s gateway to the mighty desert, for a celebration of their culture. The sandy town hosts camel races, hunting for rabbits with greyhound-like Saluki dogs, and fantasias. Read more. Reveillon (New Year’s Eve) Praia de Copacabana Praia de Copacabana by Rodrigo Soldon. Creative Commons Attribution Licence Location: Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Date: 31 December The second best way to see in the New Year is to join the party on Rio’s mighty Copacabana beach, where the spiritual and the secular come together for one amazing night. Rio’s biggest holiday after its spectacular and rowdy Carnaval sees around two million people pack the sands to welcome in the New Year – you won’t be laying out a towel and throwing a Frisbee on Copacabana beach this night. Read more. Need more festivals? Here’s a list of further events in December: Chichibu Yomatsuri (Chichibu, Japan; 2–3 December) Float festival that sees 20-tonne floats paraded up a steep slope. Konark Festival (Konark, India; 1–5 December) Traditional music and dance with the awesome Sun Temple as a backdrop. King’s Birthday (Bangkok, Thailand; 5 December) To celebrate King Bhumibol’s birthday, Bangkok is festooned with lights and an enormous fireworks display is held near the Grand Palace. Fête des Lumières (Lyon, France; several days around 8 December) France’s third city glows with sound-and-light shows to mark the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Boston Tea Party Re-enactment (Boston, USA; the Sunday before 16 December) Relive the 1773 moment when colonists protested tea taxes by throwing bricks of tea into Boston’s harbour. Gishi-Sai (Tokyo, Japan; 14 December) Discover your inner samurai at this commemoration of the ritual suicide of 47 ronin (masterless samurai), complete with a parade of warriors to Sengaku-ji, the ronin’s burial place. Giant Lantern Festival (San Fernando, Philippines; the Saturday before Christmas) A parade of 5m-high lanterns takes place in the so-called ‘Christmas Capital of the Philippines’. Mother City Queer Project (Cape Town, South Africa; dates vary in December) www.mcqp.co.za Massive gay dance party – you won’t be let in unless you’re dressed according to the chosen theme. Dong Zhi Festival (Hong Kong; 21 Or 22 December) Chinese thanksgiving festival to mark the onset of winter; it’s a day of family reunion. Noche de los Rábanos (Night of the Radishes; Oaxaca, Mexico; 23 December) Amazing figures carved out of radishes are displayed in the zócalo (square). Incwala (Swaziland; over the summer solstice, culminating on the fourth day after the full moon) www.sntc.org.sz The Swazi kingship ceremony includes collecting foam from the Indian Ocean and the slaughter of bulls. Fiesta de la Virgen del Rosario (Andacollo, Chile; 24–26 December) Pilgrims celebrate the Virgin of the Rosary, with horse racing, cockfights and Asian-inspired dance. Kaiserball (Vienna, Austria; 31 December) Kick off Vienna’s ball season and see in the New Year in pure elegance. See festivals in other months of the year here. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/themes/festive-travel/worlds-best-festivals-in-december/?intaffil=lpemail#ixzz2EmqGZNGl

Posted on: November 26, 2012 at 5:47PM

thought I had gotten a great deal when I traveled to Cancun Mexico and bought a timeshare (this was my second timeshare purchase) to the beautiful Palace Resorts Premier organization. I guess it's all in the way that you look at it. Palace Resorts offers some of the most beautiful five star properties in Mexico. I have a hard time deciding which one of their properties is my favorite. Moon Palace Resort is huge, boasting over 2,000 deluxe jacuzzi rooms. Their lobby entrance is grand, decorated with marble columns, marble floors so clean you could even eat off of them, and gorgeous stained glass ceilings. The lobby is bustling with excitement and visitors are scurrying to and from the 12 on-site restaurants, shops, and spa facilities. You really couldn't ask for a more wonderful vacation resort. Then there is my personal favorite, the Playacar Palace Resort. Playacar has about 200 modern and beautifully appointed deluxe jacuzzi rooms. The view is spectacular as you look out over the blue greens of the Mexican caribbean sea. Off in the distance faintly, you can see the island of Cozumel and at night, the island's twinkling lights. Just to your left, the ferry boats maintain their busy schedule taking tourists and local workers to and from the island of Cozumel many times throughout the day. If you are a shopper, you will love Playacar as the famous 5th Avenue shops are right around the corner from the resort. There is a huge local Mexican marketplace right beside it. The famed Froggy's sits right on Playacar's small, but white powder sugary sand beach. The pools and swim up bar are ever so relaxing. The service is second to none anywhere I have traveled. I could go on and on, and maybe now you can see why I purchased my timeshare. But the point to all of this is vacation discounts. Now that I have purchased way too many weeks for me and my family to use in both of our lifetimes, I sell the use of my VIP membership on Ebay. That is a great deal for you, the vacationer, as you get all of my benefits and save $700 or more off of your deluxe jacuzzi room while getting a free manicure, pedicure, massage and free unlimited tours and so much more. You will have an excellent vacation taking advantage of using my VIP discount. But that's not all. I recently joined a travel membership club that, had I known existed before purchasing my timeshare, hands-down, I would not have purchased my timeshare. Here's why. My Palace Resorts Timeshare is an excellent timeshare. I know what I am going to get when I travel and I know I am getting the best value for my money. I have to be honest with you though. It was very very expensive. The downpayment was expensive and now the monthly payments on top of that are very expensive. I even have my whole timeshare up for sale, along with selling the use of my membership weeks on Ebay. Here's why I have it up for sale. I joined a travel membership club. When I took a look at this membership club and saw that they were negotiating with Palace Resorts to get just about the same discounted rates (not the same vip membership benefits but just a little bit higher cost than my own vip membership WITHOUT having to join the timeshare), I almost fell off of my computer chair. In fact, this membership club offers timeshare travel to four and five star resorts (over 5,000 of them worldwide), and deep discount cruises and airfare discounts, without having to pay the extraordinary charges associated with a timeshare, to numerous resorts I had already been to. I knew the quality of the resorts they were offering and it took me about a half hour and I became a member. Having owned two timeshares, I immediately saw the value in this club membership and knew I would never buy another timeshare again during my lifetime. I could not believe that they even have what are called "hot weeks" to five star resorts for $298 per week! The most they ever charge is $698 for a week for a family of up to four. And, they were offering to give members a chance to tell others about their club and if they did, and someone joined, they could earn up to $1,000 over and over again. It does seem to be too good to be true, but now I have something else I can pass along to my children and family members that will allow them to save literally thousands upon thousands of dollars when they go on vacation. In conclusion, you have two new discount vacation options open to you. . . you can rent my timeshare week on Ebay which is a great deal (remember, I paid all of the timeshare costs so you don't have to) by paying to use my VIP membership number or you can find out more information about joining one of the best travel clubs on the planet today, backed by 20 years of success, and save yourself and your family a small fortune in the process.

Posted on: November 26, 2012 at 5:22PM

Should you buy a timeshare or join a vacation club is a question that has been asked by many who love to travel. The more you know about each, the better decision you will be able to make. I am an avid traveler and love to head toward any resort that offers a white, sandy beach. I have also owned several timeshares (and do presently) and also, more recently, now own a vacation club membership. The truth being told, if I had to do it all over again after joining the vacation club, I would never have purchased a timeshare. Many timeshares are very expensive. You need to put money down up front or pay for the entire timeshare purchase. The most expensive timeshares require a lot of money up front but they don't necessarily require maintenance fees. Even though you pay a significant amount of money up front you still have to pay when you travel. The only difference is that you will save about $1,000 off the week that you book and you will have other priviledges that non-timeshare owners don't have. You do have great flexibility in when you can travel and how often you can travel with some of the timeshares. Other timeshares don't cost quite as much and they have what are called fixed weeks. Fixed week timeshares don't require a payment at the time that you travel but you will be paying maintenance fees every month or every year depending on how your timeshare company sets up your payments. The problem with monthly fees is that they can go up uncontrollably and you are subject to increased payments due to natural disasters. The club membership that I have requires that you pay a one time, lifetime fee up front to join. It is about the cost of a nice one week vacation that you might take your family on to join, however, once you pay that once in a lifetime cost, you are only obligated to pay for the actual weeks that you choose. Those weeks range in price from $298 to $698 on average. Occasionally there will be a more expensive week offered, but there are over 5,000 weeks to choose from that are under $698. There are accommodations for two to four for the same one week price. There are numerous four and five star resorts, including some Gold Crown RCI resorts that are part of the membership club. I would definitely choose a membership club over ever buying another timeshare. The investment I paid up front will pay itself back in my next two or three vacations. Then I am free to travel as many times a year as I want and take as many guests along as I want as well at the same discount price that I receive. The more flexible you are the more money you will save. Can you imagine staying in a five star resort in Hawaii during a "hot week" for $298? or even for $698? How about going on a cruise for $298! It's true. You just have to know where to go to find out.

Posted on: November 23, 2012 at 11:25PM

Wyndham Cypress Palms resort is conveniently located in the heart of Florida's popular attractions, putting the best of Orlando at guests fingertips. This magnificent resort offers a myriad of amenities, services, and activities including two heated swimming pools, a hot tub, and a picnic/BBQ area. Children will have fun exploring the playground on the premises. For added convenience, the resort features an on-site Disney Planning Center, where Disney Cast Members can assist with purchasing Walt Disney World Parks Tickets and Disney Dining Reservations 1 bdrm (4/Full) Jan 11-Jan 18 (7 nights) $391.13* ($55.88*/night)

Posted on: November 23, 2012 at 11:13PM

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Posted on: November 21, 2012 at 6:36PM

“Berkshire Concepts helps us again” Reviewed September 12, 2011 109people found this review helpful having a very nice time at the inn at Oceans Edge. When we checked in they tried to hit us with a $350 per night charge. I showed them my email with the $230 rate from berkshire concepts which they honored. What a beautiful place. After checking in , we took a look at the Camden harbour Inn (from the outside) and are happy we made the choice to stay here. The weather was great and my wife and I enjoyed every minute we were here. We look forward to more berkshire trips.

Posted on: November 02, 2012 at 2:52PM

Grand Prize is a 3 night trip for 4 to Disneyworld to participate in the Princess Half Marathon (Februrary 2013), including round trip coach air transportation, hotel accomodations, $800 in dining cards and more... DISNEY / "Run Like A Princess" Sweepstakes Eligibility: The Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia who are at least 18 years as of date of entry. Entry Frequency: 1x daily per e-mail address (must LIKE on Facebook to enter) Grand Prize (1): A trip for four (4) to Disneyworld to compete in the Princess Half Marathon on or around 2/22/13 to 2/25/13. Trip package includes: - Race entry into Disney's Princess Half Marathon, Disney Royal Family 5K, or runDisney Kids' Races - Pasta in the Park Party at Epcot at the Princess Half Marathon Weekend - Platinum level ChEAR Squad/Race Retreat at the Princess Half Marathon - Meet & Greet with Olympian and runDisney Training Consultant Jeff Galloway - Round trip airfare - $800 worth of Disney Dining Gift Cards - 3-Day Magic Your Way Theme Park Ticket - 2-Night stay at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge - And the ultimate royal retreat the evening after the race... one night in the Cinderella Castle Suite at Magic Kingdom Park - ARV of all Grand Prize components is $7,349 (which will vary depending upon whether winner is eligible for Custom Elements, points of departure and destination, and fluctuation of hotel rates and airfares) Contest Starts On: Wednesday, 24 October 2012 Contest Ends On: Tuesday, 20 November 2012 Entry Page: http://www.runlikeaprincess.com/ Contest Rules: http://www.runlikeaprincess.com/Cont...icialRules.pdf

Posted on: October 28, 2012 at 3:02PM

A group of 115 islands of the coast of Africa, the Seychelles are an independent nation known for their exotic beauty and as a destination unlike any in the world today. With only a handful of islands within the group actually inhabited today, Seychelles vacations are more like a step back in time to a time before the advent of tourism today. Offering beautiful beaches, exciting adventures and pristine natural areas both above the water and below, this is certainly a must see island nation for anyone who enjoys the beauty of nature. Probably most well known as a top romantic getaway offering some of the most exotic and beautiful spas and resorts in the Indian Ocean today, the growth of eco and adventure tourism now rank quite high on the list of reasons to visit this stunning island chain. Divided into groups based on their actual geologic composition the Seychelles include the following groups: Granitic islands – Those made of of mostly granite Coral sand cays – Otherwise known as a key or small low-elevation sandy island. Coral islands – A result of an atoll whos lagoon has dried up or been filled with coral sand. No matter which island or cay you visit, you can be sure that the temperature and weather will be quite predictable. Though the most comfortable time to visit is from May to November with the prevailing southeast trade winds, the islands do lay mostly outside of the regular hurricane belt making them a more popular year round destination in the Indian Ocean. If nature, beaches, flora, fauna, sunrises, sunsets, uninhabited islands and pure relaxation is what you seek in a destination, the Seychelles may be right for your vacation. Travel Tips As Seychelles is a foreign country, it is important that you spend time getting to know more about the areas, its rules and regulations regarding its people, your health and your safety. Money – Seychelles is not cheap, plan your budget carefully to avoid overspending. The main currency is the Seychelles rupee. Paying for your stay is complex in this nation and whether you choose to use a foreign currency or the Seychelles rupee is up to you, however, if you choose to exchange your money, it can be done only at banks on the island Note: The island makes it quite clear that if you should be approached by someone to exchange money, it is unauthorized and may be counterfeit. Entry – You must have the following for entry: Valid passport, valid upon arrival and departure Return or onward ticket Proof of accommodation Sufficient funds for the duration of your stay. Many other important rules and tips can help you make the most of your experience, as such, spend time learning more about the islands and what to expect before you go.

Posted on: October 28, 2012 at 3:01PM

A group of 115 islands of the coast of Africa, the Seychelles are an independent nation known for their exotic beauty and as a destination unlike any in the world today. With only a handful of islands within the group actually inhabited today, Seychelles vacations are more like a step back in time to a time before the advent of tourism today. Offering beautiful beaches, exciting adventures and pristine natural areas both above the water and below, this is certainly a must see island nation for anyone who enjoys the beauty of nature. Probably most well known as a top romantic getaway offering some of the most exotic and beautiful spas and resorts in the Indian Ocean today, the growth of eco and adventure tourism now rank quite high on the list of reasons to visit this stunning island chain. Divided into groups based on their actual geologic composition the Seychelles include the following groups: Granitic islands – Those made of of mostly granite Coral sand cays – Otherwise known as a key or small low-elevation sandy island. Coral islands – A result of an atoll whos lagoon has dried up or been filled with coral sand. No matter which island or cay you visit, you can be sure that the temperature and weather will be quite predictable. Though the most comfortable time to visit is from May to November with the prevailing southeast trade winds, the islands do lay mostly outside of the regular hurricane belt making them a more popular year round destination in the Indian Ocean. If nature, beaches, flora, fauna, sunrises, sunsets, uninhabited islands and pure relaxation is what you seek in a destination, the Seychelles may be right for your vacation. Travel Tips As Seychelles is a foreign country, it is important that you spend time getting to know more about the areas, its rules and regulations regarding its people, your health and your safety. Money – Seychelles is not cheap, plan your budget carefully to avoid overspending. The main currency is the Seychelles rupee. Paying for your stay is complex in this nation and whether you choose to use a foreign currency or the Seychelles rupee is up to you, however, if you choose to exchange your money, it can be done only at banks on the island Note: The island makes it quite clear that if you should be approached by someone to exchange money, it is unauthorized and may be counterfeit. Entry – You must have the following for entry: Valid passport, valid upon arrival and departure Return or onward ticket Proof of accommodation Sufficient funds for the duration of your stay. Many other important rules and tips can help you make the most of your experience, as such, spend time learning more about the islands and what to expect before you go.

Posted on: September 12, 2012 at 12:23AM

Beaches around the world are a frequent topic of discussion for travelers planning their vacation. From exotic beaches off Pacific or Caribbean islands, to beaches in the Great Lakes, millions of miles of beaches can be found around the globe. Finding the right beach for your vacation is part of planning the perfect trip. Choosing the beach that will meet your needs based on the activities you enjoy or offering you the opportunities to avoid or join the crowds is just part of the planning and needs to be done before you go. United States Beaches It is said the the United States has over 12,000 miles of coastline along the ocean and that does not even include the thousands of miles of inland coastline found in the country as well. Offering this vast amount of area, it is easy to see why choosing the right beach can seem overwhelming. In celebration of these amazing coastlines however, here are just some of the most well known, most beautiful or most popular beaches in the U.S. today. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore – Quite cold most of the year, this may not be the best place for swimming in June however, you will be hard pressed to find a more beautiful and pristine beach. In addition the sugar white sand beaches which extend for miles offer a fun way to explore the unique beauty that is the state of Michigan. Cape Hatteras – Again, not necessarily the warmest beach, Cape Hatteras is located on the coast of North Carolina and is known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic. Your opportunities to explore the history of the area is rich in addition to offering great opportunities to windsurf, kayak and simply enjoy the view. Perdido Key – Easy to see what makes this beach so spectacular, or perhaps easy to feel, Perdido Key is located on the Gulf of Mexico’s Florida/Alabama border and is warm, sunny and perfect for relaxing year round. White sand, great wildlife,and beautiful swimming make this a top pick for any beach goer. Polihale Beach – Easy to forget that Hawaii is part of the United States, this beach is just one of a hundred you could choose from on the Hawaiian Islands. Polihale Beach is known for its beauty. Located on the island of Kauai, this is one beach that is more well known than almost all others for the view. You have to see it to really believe it. What is your favorite beach?

Posted on: September 12, 2012 at 12:22AM

Beaches around the world are a frequent topic of discussion for travelers planning their vacation. From exotic beaches off Pacific or Caribbean islands, to beaches in the Great Lakes, millions of miles of beaches can be found around the globe. Finding the right beach for your vacation is part of planning the perfect trip. Choosing the beach that will meet your needs based on the activities you enjoy or offering you the opportunities to avoid or join the crowds is just part of the planning and needs to be done before you go. United States Beaches It is said the the United States has over 12,000 miles of coastline along the ocean and that does not even include the thousands of miles of inland coastline found in the country as well. Offering this vast amount of area, it is easy to see why choosing the right beach can seem overwhelming. In celebration of these amazing coastlines however, here are just some of the most well known, most beautiful or most popular beaches in the U.S. today. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore – Quite cold most of the year, this may not be the best place for swimming in June however, you will be hard pressed to find a more beautiful and pristine beach. In addition the sugar white sand beaches which extend for miles offer a fun way to explore the unique beauty that is the state of Michigan. Cape Hatteras – Again, not necessarily the warmest beach, Cape Hatteras is located on the coast of North Carolina and is known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic. Your opportunities to explore the history of the area is rich in addition to offering great opportunities to windsurf, kayak and simply enjoy the view. Perdido Key – Easy to see what makes this beach so spectacular, or perhaps easy to feel, Perdido Key is located on the Gulf of Mexico’s Florida/Alabama border and is warm, sunny and perfect for relaxing year round. White sand, great wildlife,and beautiful swimming make this a top pick for any beach goer. Polihale Beach – Easy to forget that Hawaii is part of the United States, this beach is just one of a hundred you could choose from on the Hawaiian Islands. Polihale Beach is known for its beauty. Located on the island of Kauai, this is one beach that is more well known than almost all others for the view. You have to see it to really believe it. What is your favorite beach?

Posted on: September 12, 2012 at 12:21AM

Beaches around the world are a frequent topic of discussion for travelers planning their vacation. From exotic beaches off Pacific or Caribbean islands, to beaches in the Great Lakes, millions of miles of beaches can be found around the globe. Finding the right beach for your vacation is part of planning the perfect trip. Choosing the beach that will meet your needs based on the activities you enjoy or offering you the opportunities to avoid or join the crowds is just part of the planning and needs to be done before you go. United States Beaches It is said the the United States has over 12,000 miles of coastline along the ocean and that does not even include the thousands of miles of inland coastline found in the country as well. Offering this vast amount of area, it is easy to see why choosing the right beach can seem overwhelming. In celebration of these amazing coastlines however, here are just some of the most well known, most beautiful or most popular beaches in the U.S. today. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore – Quite cold most of the year, this may not be the best place for swimming in June however, you will be hard pressed to find a more beautiful and pristine beach. In addition the sugar white sand beaches which extend for miles offer a fun way to explore the unique beauty that is the state of Michigan. Cape Hatteras – Again, not necessarily the warmest beach, Cape Hatteras is located on the coast of North Carolina and is known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic. Your opportunities to explore the history of the area is rich in addition to offering great opportunities to windsurf, kayak and simply enjoy the view. Perdido Key – Easy to see what makes this beach so spectacular, or perhaps easy to feel, Perdido Key is located on the Gulf of Mexico’s Florida/Alabama border and is warm, sunny and perfect for relaxing year round. White sand, great wildlife,and beautiful swimming make this a top pick for any beach goer. Polihale Beach – Easy to forget that Hawaii is part of the United States, this beach is just one of a hundred you could choose from on the Hawaiian Islands. Polihale Beach is known for its beauty. Located on the island of Kauai, this is one beach that is more well known than almost all others for the view. You have to see it to really believe it. What is your favorite beach?

Posted on: August 15, 2012 at 4:12PM

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Posted on: August 14, 2012 at 5:26PM

I recently traveled to San Diego for a medical convention. The host hotel choices were Hyatt, Hilton, and the Hotel Solamar. I chose the Solamar because of the funky decor and the Gaslamp District location. I was not disappointed. I'll start with the location. The hotel is only 2 blocks from Petco Park and 1 block from all that the Gaslamp District has to offer. Additionally, it is only a 5 minute walk to the convention center. If you are headed to San Diego for a convention, this is a much better location to the hotels on the water. If you are going to see a Padres game, you will be in heaven. About the hotel: The door personnel were extremely friendly. The front desk customer service representatives greeted me and checked me in quickly. I even received an upgrade to a nicer room as a Kimpton Rewards member. The room was gorgeous with a large flat-screen TV and beautiful decor on the 9th floor. There was a wine social in the hotel lobby each afternoon which was very nice. Overall, I could not have made a better choice than the Solamar. If I ever return to San Diego, this is where I will stay.

Posted on: August 14, 2012 at 5:01PM

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Posted on: August 14, 2012 at 4:37PM

When in San Diego, you must stay at the Grand Del Mar. Our term for it: “Flawless” Reviewed May 9, 2012 My girlfriend and I stayed at The Grand Del Mar from May 6th through the 9th to celebrate her birthday. Shortly after we arrived our doorbell rang (yes doorbell) and we were greeted with a complimentary happy birthday dessert and bottle of champaigne on ice. I was shocked! That was just the beginning of their impeccable and thoughtful service. The property is absolutely gorgeous. The rooms are very comfortable, spacious and tastefully decorated. The bathrooms are huge. I was impressed that the housekeepers don't push around carts and you almost never see them yet somehow you come back from breakfast and your room is immaculate or you come back from dinner and there is chocolate waiting for you after their turn down service. Everyone is very polite and helpful and seemed truly genuine. We each had a massage. I had a therapuetic massage. Courtney was my massage therapist and she was excellent. This was definitely not a massage for whimps but it really helped my sore right shoulder. My girlfriend had an athletic massge (she can't remember her name) he said it was really good. She was in a car accident a little over a year ago and has a slight limp as a result, she thought her therapist was the first person that didn't treat her like she was crippled and she really streched out her hip. We also played golf. Now we are beginners. Really beginners. This was actually out first time on a golf course other than golf lessons. This is a very challenging golf course for beginners but we had a blast. We played late so it was cheaper and there weren't really any other golfers around so we could take our time. We lost 10 balls but oh well. Everyone we came across was friendly and we had fun. I would love to come back one day to play once we improve our skills. We ate at Amaya for breastfast once and for late lunch once and had room service once. The rest of our meals were offsite. We were not disappointed with any of the food choices. Everything was very tasty but very expensive. Breakfast for 2 was $60 and I believe our late lunch was the same. I dont mind paying higher prices for dinner but not for breakfast and lunch. Oh, we did share sandwhich from their coffee shop once and it was really really good. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay. Yes, it is expensive but as with anything, you get what you pay for. We certainly could not have even contemplated staying at this without Berkshire Concepts' help. Emily at Berkshire got us a suite there for under $150 per night versus the $433 on Expedia.

Posted on: August 14, 2012 at 4:17PM

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Posted on: August 13, 2012 at 11:11PM

I love California but never made it to La Jolla Or even the San Diego area. I would Love to check out that area of California with my family but affordable is the question??? Any areas that are a DEAL???

Posted on: August 13, 2012 at 10:57PM

Since 9/11, your security and your safety have gotten more intense, especially when dealing with your flights, other forms of mass transit and destinations outside of the United States. Programs and items associated with travel such as WHTI, passport cards, enhanced drivers licenses and travel warnings and alerts offered by the U.S. Department of State and the Bureau of Consular Affairs are all put in place to ensure that each person traveling has the information, the ability to receive the necessary information and the knowledge they need to become a more informed traveler. In keeping with the theme of your safety abroad, we invite you to take look at one program option for you when you travel abroad. Become a more informed traveler and make informed decisions when you travel. STEP A free service provided by the U.S. Government to help U.S. citizens traveling and living in foreign countries, STEP offers information and access to further information which may benefit you and your safety. In addition to offering travelers information, the program also serves to assist the government in gaining access to emergency contact information about you, your family and your destination. In case of a natural or man made disaster, the government will be able to know more specific information which may lead to a helping provide your safe removal from the country. How to enroll You can enroll on line by visiting travel.state.gov and clicking on the STEP icon. As mentioned, the service is free and available to all U.S. citizens planning on traveling outside of the U.S. Pros and Cons Though the services are certainly not considered unsafe, and feedback is generally quite positive, it is a concern for some travelers to give out the kind of detailed information including where they will be staying to anyone other than their closest friends. For this reason, the STEP program is completely your choice. It is important to note however, that the U.S. government is very clear that it takes your privacy very seriously and all information provided will only be given to someone with you clear and express written permission. According the the website: “The PII you provide on a Department website will be used only for its intended purpose. We will protect your information consistent with the principles of the Privacy Act of 1974, the E-Government Act of 2002, and the Federal Records Act”. The choice to share any information is your choice completely. Be sure you make the decision that makes you most comfortable. Berkshire Concepts Travel Reviews Berkshire Concepts offers you, the traveler, valuable tips and information to help you make more of all your vacation experiences. Many travelers do not spend time learning more about their destination and find, only too late, that their unpreparedness has adversely affected there vacation. Do not be one of these people when you travel. Instead, spend time learning and getting the information to help you make the most of your vacation before you go with information, tips and advices to help you from Berkshire Concepts.

Posted on: August 13, 2012 at 10:51PM

Berkshire Concepts San Diego A beautiful seaside community La Jolla is community located just outside of San Diego California and is known for its stunning coastline, luxury resorts and amazing sites and amenities, perfect for the luxury traveler. Nicknamed Jewel City, this gorgeous area surrounded on three sides by beaches and just 12 miles from the city offers ample opportunity for the vacationer to shop, dine, swim, relax and enjoy this amazing part of the great state of California. About La Jolla Offering a mild climate year round, the average daily temperature is just around 70 degrees and its small population, only around 42,000, offers visitors the convenience of the city nearby with the benefit of the small town feel. Most well known for its stunning beaches, La Jolla offers miles of coastline to choose from and is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the state. Take a walk down the coast of La Jolla and explore the beaches for which it is famous today. Blacks - Otherwise known as Torrey Pines City Beach is located near to the U of C. Just to the side, you will find a public parking lot which on a good windy day, will be filled with paragliders, hang gliders and glider planes. Famous for its winter swells, you can expect to see many surfers in winter, but Blacks is most well known as a nude beach. If this is not your thing, Blacks is not the beach for you. The Shores – A great option for the non clothes optional crowd, The Shores otherwise known as La Jolla Shores Beach is great for surfers and body boarders and is easily recognized by the nearby pier (not public). The main beach is quite popular for families and a nearby park makes it ideal fro relaxing and enjoying the coast. La Jolla Cove – One of the best beaches in the area for swimming, snorkeling and diving around San Francisco. It offers calm and protected waters and is home to many varieties of birds and fish. No boards or surf boards aloud. Windansea – Not for children or the faint of heart, underwater reefs and rocks make this a violent beach, great for the experienced surfer but not so much for the family swim, unless you are up for the views for which Windandsea is famous. Tips for visiting: Most people visiting the beaches here arrive by noon and stay till around 4 pm making this time of the day the most crowded. If you want to miss some of the crowds, consider visiting earlier in the day to get the best spots. In addition, most of the more popular beach areas offer great shopping and dinging within a close distance making it an ideal day trip area. Shop, eat and just explore the beauty of the California coast.

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