Happy Thanksgiving ... and a Global Resort Homes giveaway!

As most of my faithful readers know, my vacation destination of choice is Orlando, Florida. On any given day you can find me on Twitter or Facebook lamenting the fact that I'd rather be at the Walt Disney World Resort or wishing I was moving to Orlando. What can I say? That city feels like "home" to me.

Now, in all the years I've been visiting Walt Disney World and staying overnight, I've always stayed "on property." My "home away from home" has always been at Walt Disney World.

This is going to change in February 2012.

For the first time ever, I'll be staying OFF property, in a Global Resort Homes vacation home!

To say I'm excited would be a bit of an understatement. I'll be sharing the space with two very dear friends Kristen, a.k.a. @DVCMom (The DVC Mom), and Jackie, a.k.a. @jjzmgailey (Jackie's Magical Moments)- and we're going to be running (a.k.a. WALKING) the Royal Family 5K during the Walt Disney World Princess Half-Marathon weekend!

I'm tired just from writing that paragraph.

Back to Global Resort Homes. You really need to check out their website to see the amazing townhomes, condos, and vacation homes that could be your "home away from home" during a trip to Orlando.

Your choices range from two-bedroom upscale condos to seven-bedroom luxury homes! And, there are nine distinctive resort communities to choose from when you stay in a Global Resort Home - all conveniently located close to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, and the Orlando Convention Center. Each home is maintained and managed by Global's staff - and there is on-site personnel in the communities, to assist you with any needs you might have while in your vacation home.

And, just to entice you a little more: "Unlike traditional hotel rooms and Orlando hotel properties that offer minimal accommodations and amenities, vacation homes in Orlando offer the added space and functionality that can make all the difference in the world. Numerous bathrooms, fully-furnished kitchens, spacious living areas complete with large screen TVs, game rooms and private screened-in pools and spas all promise to enhance your Orlando vacation." (from the Global Resort Homes website)

Now, here's the really, really exciting part of this blog post.

Kristen, Jackie, and I are thrilled to announce that we are hosting a contest over our three blogs for a 7 NIGHT STAY in a four bedroom or larger vacation home, with a pool!

You did read that right.
You could win a seven night stay.
In a luxury vacation home.
In Orlando.

Are you excited yet?
(I know you are!)

There are a few rules you must read, before entering the contest:
1. Not available to anyone who has won a prize with Global in the past 6 months, active/inactive Global staff, or affiliated companies.
2. Prizes are not transferable.
3. Entrants MUST be 25 years of age or older.
4. Black out dates apply - March, April, June, July of 2012, and December 20, 2012-January 4, 2013.
5. Valid for stays completed by December 20, 2012.
6. Prize is valid for a 7 night stay in a Global Resort Home, 4 bedroom or larger, with a pool, based on availability.
7. Actual property will not be guaranteed until 2 weeks prior to travel; however, once dates are chosen, winners WILL be guaranteed a home.

And now for the RULES!

You must enter using the Rafflecopter form below. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. (Be sure to click "read more" below to find the Rafflecopter entry form!!!).

This contest runs from November 24 through December 24. Winner will be announced on December 25! What a great Christmas gift!

You can find Global Resort Homes on Twitter and Facebook.

Disclaimer: Global Resort Homes is sponsoring our stay in February. No other compensation was received for this post. All opinions are mine.


  1. My must-do would be to take my 3 boys to Disney World!! Once we're at the park I'm not exactly sure what we would do, but I know I would drive my husband crazy beforehand planning everything we'd do so we didn't miss a thing.

  2. DISNEY!! but also just north of Orlando is the awesome clear springs - Alexander Springs is one and canoeing and swimming there is just awesome.

  3. Aside from the obvious (Disney World), I'd also have to make a trip to Universal's Islands of Adventure to get some butterbeer. And try to coordinate a meet up with some of my new Disney Twitter friends =)

  4. Tough decision! Something tells me I'd not only find time to enjoy the Disney Parks, but I'd also enjoy some downtown lounging by the pool soaking up some Florida sun!

  5. We'd bring our entire family including the grandkids so WDW would be a must. Universal Studios and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. My husband and I would also visit the LDS Temple.

  6. The amenities I look forward to are the in home laundry facilities and the swimming pool. Wow! ;D

  7. Umm my "must do" activity would be DISNEY of course! :) We wanted a nice trip for the baby's first visit next year and this would be awesome!! I hope your girls trip is great. :)

  8. Our must do's for Orlando...there are 2. the first being Walt Disney World, and the second being Capones dinner show. we last this June to Capone's and it will be on our Orlando list every year!

  9. The amenities that I would love to have are the master suite with the garden tub and separate shower, as well as use of the clubhouse and the lagoon pool!

  10. I would LOVE to visit Disney world<3!!!

    THANK YOU:)!!!

  11. well - I have two girls who LOVE to get all dolled up at the Bippity Boppity Boutique!

  12. I'd LOVE having a fully stocked kitchen on our vacation. To be able to make pancakes for super cheap before hitting the parks? Awesome! (leig hbra AT gmail)

  13. Ah, the directions in the info box & the blog post are different, so here's a 2nd comment :)

    I NEED to get to Harry Potter World. I want a butterbeer & trip to Ollivander's so bad it's getting silly. ;) Time for a trip! (Leig hbra AT gmail)

  14. Would love to stay close to Disney

  15. Love the space within them and the possibility of the private pool.

  16. I love that they have a washer and dryer - less packing there means more room for presents back!

  17. the swimming pool

    jdmimi at gmail dot com

  18. I love that there is a kitchn and washer and dryer, much easier to trave with.
    patti p

  19. Just one? A kitchen and washer and dryer would be great!

  20. Having a full sized kitchen while on vacation would be a great amenity!