How to Have a Great Time This Summer in California

California Vacation

 

Dodger Stadium

Playing in Los Angeles, the home of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, is one of the most exciting things to do in California. Tours of the stadium are available and give you a closer look at the history of the Dodger franchise. All proceeds from the stadium are used to help fund the stadium’s improvements and to help pay for tickets.

Disneyland

The iconic theme park that has Adults and Children all over. You can try on virtual reality rides, visit Disneyland or ride through Space Mountain. This is the ultimate place to meet all kinds of characters, watch Hollywood classics hit the big screen and take part in dramatic adventures.

Great Hollywood Restaurants

Many major Hollywood scenes have been filmed right on the restaurant scene. Arguably the most famous of Hollywood’s restaurants is the Oscaroleum in Burbank. This fine dining establishment has been around since 1930 and is one of the few surviving great movieouses from the golden age of film.

Catalina Coast

A beautiful beachside spot is the Catalina Coast. It is known for wide stretches of beach and great surf. You can take part in the daily surf competitions or hang out for the night. Come dawn the next day and take a ride out on the wild side for some of the best waves in California.

Universal Studios in Hollywood

Is the place to go for your California family vacation. You and your family will never forget your time at this enchanting park. The baby is never disappointed as there are plenty of things for him to play on throughout the park.

Legoland

One of California’s biggest attractions for kids is Legoland. You can also visit the Lego Imagination Zone and have fun with all the Lego toys throughout your stay. This theme park is a great venue for a family vacation in California.

Busch Gardens

Winter visitors to Busch Gardens are treated to a winter festival in the park. A free program for kids 12 years old and up gives them the opportunity to ride the Busch ride Train, a snow mobile and aParrot. In addition, there are over a hundred other rides, such as the Carousel and the Petting Zoo.

SeaWorld

The popular marine park! features amazing shows marine animals like orcas, dolphins,sea lions and more. Has two dedicated stalls for shows, with one of them being the sea lion buoy show. The other is the Dine with Shamu; eat your favorite meals while you eat under miniature habitats. In addition, there are interactive displays, shows and other great skills involving the animals.

Volksfest

Will give you the chance to experience a world class beer festival. The beer festival is held in October and has gained a reputation over the years for being the place to be for beer lovers, those who are not. This exciting festival is held in Orlando and is popular among tourists and those who are living here. The average sells out time is two week.

When the Irish Potato Festival is held annually in October in the town of maker, you can still bring the family to visit California. The festival is not only for potatoes, but cows, pigs and sheep too! At this event you will find people of all ages. The Irish festival is not only about celebration, it is also about tradition. The spawned from years of planning and work.

It is not only about the food, celebration and dancing. There are other exciting events like the German Market at dusk. There are many shops with a wide range of wares. Everyone can enjoy the unique German Market experience. Specialty food from across the globe vies for purchase. After spending a day at the festival gardens, plan on visiting some of the onsite restaurants. Some of the menu choices are wide and include poultry, smoked fish, vegetables, cheese, pastas, chicken, burgers and salads. Plan on spending a few nights at some of the finest sumptuous accommodations in California.  You never have to worry since all California Permits are accounted for.

 

The Best Hotels of California

Best California Hotels

 

Need a hotel that can keep you happy on your trip to the golden state? Whether it’s relaxation by the waves, sightseeing, or fun with the kids, these are the best hotels in California.

 

Holiday Inn Resort Catalina Island

 

Tucked away in the foothills of Catalina Island, is the first on our list, the Holiday Inn Resort on Catalina Island. This paradise is hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the harbor, but close enough to the beaches of the island to make it the perfect convenience.

 

The luxuries of the hotel guest rooms are designed for those needing to unwind, some of the key features of those rooms are:

 

  • Rollaway bed/cot
  • 80+ channels of cable TV
  • Walk-in Shower

 

Decorated with a modern bungalow style, and equipped with king or queen-sized beds, it can accommodate every need. Each room comes with black shades on the windows to keep out the sun on days that get too hot. You’ll get to experience the island to its full potential, in this slice of paradise.

 

Located in the resort is a singular restaurant, the Cover Bar and Grill. Full of flavorful dishes and fruity drinks, you can savor your meals, while looking over the island’s spectacular views. Available for lunch and dinner, you can find the exotic food that you’ve been craving, full of fresh ingredients that will delight everyone. If you don’t feel like eating out though, the hotel can have food delivered from the restaurant.

 

If you’re looking to accommodate your kids, then this is the place. It has kid suites available whenever you’re ready, their own little get away from the grown-ups. All perfectly safe and ready for whatever your kid might need.

 

The thing that the Holiday Inn Resort boasts the most about, is that this is the only hotel on the island that has a swimming pool. An amazing place to relax, when the beach gets a little too crowded. Along with the pool are a fully equipped gym, meeting rooms, and spa that will help you unwind.

 

Hilton Santa Barbara Beach Resort

 

If you’re looking for a hotel that is as close to the beach as it can be, then this one is it. The Hilton Santa Barbara is right across the street from the beach, just a minute walk once you get out the front door. Along with the incredibly easy access to the beach, you’re also close to the Funk Zone, which is a hub of fun, full of art, café’s, and surf shops that teach you what Santa Barbra is all about.

 

The hotel itself has everything that you need, particularly the rooms. All designed with soft coast-inspired themes that give a sense of calm that you could use after a day of fun. Each room is equipped with its own private balcony or patio, that you can step out onto and take in the ocean breeze.

 

A few enjoyable qualities of the rooms are:

 

  • King or Queen sized bed
  • Pull out bed
  • Streaming services, such as HBO, CNN, and ESPN

 

You can choose what type of room would accommodate your needs, based on the size of the bed and whether you want an ocean view or resort view.

 

This tour of the Hilton wouldn’t be complete without talking about its impressive selection of dining. First up is the Fess Parker Wine Tasting Room, the perfect place for everyone in your group to enjoy. The wine tasting has a variety of options, suited for every kind of taste, everyone can find something at the Fess.

 

Java del Mar is the resident coffee shop for the caffeine lovers staying at the Hilton. It hosts primarily Starbucks, and with that comes everything a coffee shop could need. Starbucks coffee, on-the-go snacks, breakfast sandwiches, and teas.

 

Lastly, there are two primary dining experiences, the Roundhouse, which is mainly used for breakfast, and the Set, which as you can probably guess, is used for lunch and dinner. You can find the Roundhouse adjacent to the lobby, or you can just follow your nose in the morning when the smell of breakfast hits you.

 

The Set is a little different from the Roundhouse, a classier-looking place, that serves a selection of deliciously cooked meals, and comes equipped with a full bar. It opens at 11:30 am every day, and closes at 9:00 pm, except for Friday and Saturday, which then closes at 10:00 pm.

 

Of course, when talking about dining, we can’t leave out the in-room dining. The resort can bring up pretty much anything you want, though it has specific times at which you can order. You can find what times there open on their site.

 

The resort has a lot more than just food, it has a business center, meeting rooms, an outdoor pool, and a gym. This can all be set up or guided to by the amazing concierge, they can get you whatever you may need during your trip, which does include anything from the Fun Zone or downtown.

 

Ventura Beach Marriott

 

This is the hotel that everyone imagines when thinking about California. It’s how many people picture their hotel on their summer trip, breezy palm trees, a wavy pool with plenty of sunbeds, and only three minutes away from the San Buenaventura State Beach.

 

You have four options available when picking your room, a guest room with one king bed, a guest room with two queens, a larger guest room with a king, and the suite which has a king and two bathrooms. Each is decorated with a contemporary coastal style and excellent views outside each window.

 

The best things about each room would be:

 

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • State of the art LCD TVs
  • Deluxe bedding

 

The hotel’s dining has a single restaurant available near the lobby. The Channel Kitchen + Bar is a two-sided restaurant, one side is a modern lounge that has ample seating, and the other is a warm dining experience, it’s the best of both worlds.

 

The chef that runs the place is Rick Rossignol. The menu that they have is inspired by a coastal bounty of seafood and locally sourced produce. It has something for everyone with its many options.

 

The bar, which is a new addition, is right at the center of Ventura Beach Marriott’s Great Room, which mainly features hand-crafted cocktails, small batch bourbons, locally crafted beers, and tequilas. Something that was inspired by California’s central coast is the Ventura Spirits, it’s a drink that is a micro-distillery, which specializes in craft spirits.

 

Something great about Ventura Beach Marriot is their amazing pool, a relaxing little place in the center of the building that can cool you down after a great day out. It can also be a great place to get a tan, with its abundance of tanning beds.

 

Fitness can also be a big thing at this hotel, as it comes equipped with a fully stocked gym. It’s ready with any weight or machine that you can want. Along with the fitness center is the bike rentals. You can talk to a concierge and they can arrange for your bike to use for the day.

 

Marriott also loves to host weddings. All you have to do is schedule it on their website, or you can talk to the concierge to set it up. They have tons of room for a sort of wedding event, ready with ten event rooms, and a capacity of 850 people. A little happy note to add to that is that they offer catering with locally sourced seafood and craft beer from the Channel Kitchen + Bar.

 

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

 

The views from the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows are stunning from your patio or balcony, it’s a shock that anyone would want to leave them to go explore. This hotel on our list is the most historic of the bunch, boasting visits from dozens of celebrities, ever since 1923 when it opened. It’s had the likes of Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, and President John Kennedy stay there, so you could end up in the same room that they had, if you’re lucky.

 

You have the option between a guest room, a bungalow, or a suite for your visit, all of them amazing in their own right. Bungalow One is the most basic of the bungalows, but perfect for anyone who could use it. It has a plush residential feel to it, using a Southern California styled decoration and using glamour from a mid-century pad, which was designed by the interior designer Michael Berman. It can hold up to eight people comfortably, has 3 and ¾ baths, 2 king beds, 2 double beds, and all with a lush view of the best California can offer.

 

Meanwhile, the guest rooms that are offered are all amazing, and can all accommodate at least two people comfortably. A few of the excellent amenities provided are:

 

  • Plush Robes
  • Nespresso Machine
  • Bathtub

 

Finally, the suites are everything the guest rooms are and more. Situated on the sixth floor and up, each suite can hold four people comfortably, and all fuse classic with the contemporary style of decoration. Each suite is at least 785 Square ft and has tons of relaxing amenities inside, each has a giant king bed and lovely complimentary coffee.

 

The dining at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows is truly impressive. It has three different restaurants, in-room dining, and a coffee shop.

 

First up is the stylish FIG Restaurant, full of fresh produce and California dishes that will delight. With plenty of space and tons of options, it has plenty of dishes to choose from. A thing to note about FIG is the fact that it is closed on Sunday and Monday.

 

Lobby Lounge is an inviting outdoor restaurant, great for a quick bite, and then onto the fun. It’s a great place for rendezvous, meeting up with friends or business associates. It features premium mixed cocktails, wine by the glass, and light bites that taste amazing. It’s open every day from 4 pm to 10 pm.

 

The last restaurant featured at the Fairmont Miramar is The Bungalow. It’s a sprawling indoor-outdoor lounge, furnished with Baja chic style décor. It has cozy indoor fireplaces, couches, and billiards tables, and it has an outdoor deck that has a great view of the Pacific Ocean, so it won’t be hard for you to find a place to sit.

 

Dogtown Coffee is a coffee shop that boasts organic, micro-roasted drinks. It’s a stylish place to visit in the morning before a long day of fun. It’s opened every day, opening at 6:30 pm, and closing at 4 pm.

 

Moving on from the food, the hotel also has a lot of activates for you to choose from. It has its own personal Miramar Beach Club, which means you get your little private piece of beach, Lloyd’s Barbershop, which has some quality barbers for your hair, and Glam+Go, a great place to give your looks a touch-up.

 

Kona Kai and Spa

 

The last on our list is the Kona Kai and Spa, located in San Diego. Newly renovated and expanded, this resort is ready to welcome you to a world of relaxation and luxury. You can breathe in the ocean air on your expansive balcony, enjoy the day at their private beach, and try specialty drinks from their tiki bar, near the all-new adult-only swimming pool.

 

Like the rest of the resort, all the rooms at Kona Kai have been renovated with a laid-back charm and an added bit of California fantasy, which was created by California Project Management. Each guest room is spread out and open, with a private outdoor space. Each guest rooms have a SoCal style of decoration and comes equipped with a deluxe king, a queen, or twin beds. A few great things about these rooms are:

 

  • Marble bath with rainfall shower head
  • Minibar
  • Connecting rooms

 

The dining at Kona Kai is primarily the Vessel Restaurant + Bar, a fun chic place right on the San Diego Bay. It’s a great place to feel the tropical breeze as you eat fresh food. Along with the restaurant is a brand-new poolside bar at the adult’s only pool.

 

A few of the fun activities that are e available are the nightly bonfires that you can share with friends and family, and the SpaTerre, a great place to unwind with their treatments made to help you relax.

Travel to Spain for the History

travel spain

 

During the last decade of the 20th century, particularly in southern Spain, a dramatic change occurred, especially in the coastal regions, where coastal areas developed an active and lengthy cottage industry. This Tanpopo-like camping is now a permanent feature in almost all Spanish regions, and can be seen in all directions from the town or even further away. Not only did the people find accommodations elsewhere, but they also greatly expanded the quality of their stay.

During the 1970’s and 1980’s, cottage life reached its cultural and economic culmination in Cordoba and the Pyrenees, and has remained ever since. In the more isolated and less frequented coastal areas, where resorts had been dotting the landscape for years, the phenomenon of uninterrupted camping from hundreds of kilometres with groups of friends and families set up permanent camps at varied sites and hours of the day. Before they had time to formally settle, many of these camps were abandoned one by one as unit owners, often with long-term holiday suites in mind, had the opportunity to explore other areas of Spain and those other areas were discovered.

Who went?

The majority of settlers in the more isolated locations were families and sizable groups of friends or relatives. But couples also sometimes made the journey. Some came looking for privacy and in the casual sense, to be far away from the city life of Madrid. Others were Europeans in the tradition mystic sense who were in search of the meaning of their surroundings, and with a strong inclination to solace and retreat. Still others were backpackers, hikers and campers venturing to distant mountain sides and the more traditional wine country regions of the world. supply the more traditional wine country wines and withstand the shock of vastly different environments and climates.

How did they do it?

This author has found that some of the more popular resorts and camps were carefully planned. Often, the site beforehand had been surveyed and this information recorded. This not only helped with the establishment and preparation of the sites, but also with the educative tours and the effective use of the local guides and agencies. When dealing with such sensitive and time consuming matters, every effort was made to deal with the variety of end uses of the sites in question, be they social, historical, gastronomic, archaeological or medical.

Which sites were we talking about?

Spain is certainly best known for its age-old historic cities, with a number of them situated in the Bay of Fires region of the Iberian Peninsula. Several of these cities, like los Pantales in Asturias, are famous for their intense and fascinating history.

The tridimensional aspect of many of these towns with their incorporate Spitos and other fortifications points towards a definite archaeological legacy, however there is also a more contemporary and rational side to many of these cities as well.

The towns of strong Catholic tradition and that have on the whole a hearty and enduringfo healthy lifestyle, are of course a delight to behold and a good example to show by the way the towns have coped with the rainfall and temperature extremes of the Bay of Fires, whilst integrating with the rest of Spanish life and culture.

Where are they now?

On the whole, sites in the Iberian Peninsula and their surrounding areas can be divided into two general categories. Those that exhibit a more or less developed tourist industry, e.g. boutique hotels, hostels, campsites and so forth, and those that are more difficult to reach mainly because of their remote locations or terrain.

In the eastern portion of the Iberian Peninsula, especially around the city of Santiago de Compostela and its surrounding area, there are a multitude of highly respected archaeological sites, among them the Royal Tombs of Oviedo and the chapel of Santo Estevo.

Santiago de Compostela, which is also known as the Shrine of Vincente de Valverde, a Swedish Reformer and founder of a Towards the ends of the 15th century movement in Religious freedoms. Today, this city is one of the more prominent centres of pilgrimage for millions of Europeans. It’s also known for its Romanesque Cathedral and stunning Gothic Cathedral Square.

The Tombs of Oviedo: Theadle of Western Monarchy. The Tombs are the final resting place of a large number of the ancient kings and queens of Western Europe. They were entombed around the 3rd century AD in a ceremony that was witnessed by Christian pilgrims from throughout the Mediterranean. This cathedral was rediscovered in 1802 and many of its discoveries are still visible today including one of the first pellet smoker.

Omphalos: Cemetery of the Ancient Egyptians. This is a very small but historic island off the coast of Alexandria, in the vicinity of the Valley of the Kings. Many of the tombs are decorated with Roman statues and thus date from the late Roman and early Byzantine period.

Andnos Island: The Island of the Nuns.

 

Best Hotels in Nashville, TN

Nashville Hotels

Overview

Founded in 1779, Nashville has been an ideal place for people who want to stay in the long-term. Tourists, too, have seen immense tourist opportunities in the city, and taking a trip or holiday in the city is something to be proud of. From Halls of Fame, to Greek architecture and philosophy, you cannot miss out on visiting Nashville. If you want the best experience in Nashville, be sure to take a local as your guide. He or she is going to know the best places that are worth visiting.

The hotel that you choose will play a critical role in helping you experience the best of Nashville. You want the best hotel possible, with the best price. You also want to be as near as possible to the places that you are visiting. This will save you time and offer you an optimal experience.

If you have planned to go to Nashville, then, this article will guide you on the hotel to choose.

 

Omni Nashville Hotel

Omni Nashville Hotel is one of the most stylish hotels in Nashville. Located in the proximity of a metro station, it offers the convenience that visitors may desire and therefore, you can explore the city and the state in a convenient way. From the hotel, and from its desirable central location, hotel guests can visit the Nashville zoo among other places. Other places that are very near the hotel include the following:

-Nashville Broadway, just a minute walk

-Country Music (Hall of Fame and Museum), just 3 minutes of walking

-The Music City Center, just 4 minutes’ walk

-The Bridgestone Arena

The hotel provides a number of services. The internet is available in every room, and it is also available in a few public areas. There is parking available, and at the same time, if one uses a wheel-chair, the hotel is accommodative of such individuals of determination.

If you do need spa services, there are ample opportunities for the same. These include treatment rooms, aromatherapy, body treatment, treatment rooms for couples, massages, and the spa tub for your comfort.

For people who are concerned about their health, they should know that this is a smoke-free hotel, and the hotel does not compromise about this. Similarly, if you have a pet, the management will not prevent you from bringing your pet, and the hotel considers pet as part and parcel of the family. You might, however, consider contacting the management prior.

If you are planning to visit Nashville, just contact the hotel staff, and they will be awaiting your visit. Past visitors have given a positive testimony about the hotel, and have stated that they had an optimal experience.

Renaissance Nashville

This is another hotel that boasts centrality in Nashville making it easier to access other locations cheaply and within a short time. The hotel boasts of 30, 000 feet of hotel space. With this hotel the guest is going to breathe in a luxurious lobby, an attached shop, and the best of live music. It is an ideal destination for conferences, whether businesses or professional. You can use this hotel you as a springboard to a memorable adventure in Nashville. The front desk is very friendly, and you are going to find that they are going to assist you on anything that you are going to ask.

The property amenities provided by the Renaissance Hotel include free internet, parking, bar/lounge, car hire, and a business center. The features of the room include allergy-free rooms, air-conditioning, sofa bed, refrigerator, and satellite TV.

Dream Nashville

Dream Nashville is one of a kind, it is a hotel with a high popularity, including a destination for couples. With only a short walking distance from downtown, Dream Nashville is your ideal hotel destination with a rich cultural heritage and years of service to its clients.

Social services provided by the hotel include free wifi, a flat-screen TV, a mini-bar, and private bathrooms. The room service provided is a 24-hour service. There is flexible meeting space that is offered by the social facilities. There are many types of rooms and these include the following: king-size room, superior king-room, deluxe king-room, king-suite, and the Queen studio. Parking options include private parking, a parking garage. It should be noted that the hotel is only 20 minutes from the nearest airport.

If you like walking as part of your daily physical regimen, then, the center of Nashville is just 500 m away from the hotel. You can even be leaving the hotel, take meals or stroll at the center of Nashville, then come back to your hotel. Checking hours time is 15:00 and checking out time is 12.00.

Other services provided by the hotel include a fitness center, events and entertainment, golf course, happy hour, and a DJ/night club.

Graduate Hotel

Graduate Hotel brings memories of Vanderbilt University, one of the most prestigious schools in the US. It usually caters for the university’s alma mater. Opened in 2020, the hotel has received an increasing number of visitors, year after year. It inspires a lot of people who call Nashville home, and in deed, the greater Tennessee. The walls are decorated with portraits of Dolly Parton, one of the legends of the state.

Now that it is near an academic institution, scholars visiting Vanderbilt University have found a home at the hotel. As a matter of fact, some of the seminars and conferences are hosted right in the hotel, making it a very good choice for such scholars.

Thompson Nashville

Thompson Nashville features a very scenic view of downtown Nashville. The guests are able to enjoy free wifi at the comfort of the posh house. The hotel boats of a mini-bar, blue-tooth speakers, and a mini-bar. You can enjoy the services of the hotel, either indoors, or outdoors. There are on-site facilities which are able to cater for business clients.

The hotels welcomes children of any age. In addition to that, pets are allowed in the hotel facilities, and there are no charges for that. The club offers a night club. Other services provided by the hotel include an onsite coffee-house and fruits.

Clarion Hotel, Nashville

Many visitors choose Clarion as their hotel of choice every time they visit Nashville, and the hotel has a long-term commitment to the best quality offered to guests. In addition to that, the gets get to enjoy free wife. Guests are able to enjoy rooms with air conditioning as well as a flat-screen TV.

The hotel believes that the comfort and the welfare of the guests come first, and it cannot be compromised. Guests who show discontent in any way have a very good avenue to communicate the same to the authorities. The authorities will, in turn, respond to the queries within the shortest time possible.

Factors to Consider When Looking for a Hotel in Nashville

There are several factors to consider choosing a hotel in Nashville. To start with, you should be sure about your budget. As much as you would like to save a coin here and there, some hotels in Nashville cater for people who can pay for the hotel room, and the totality of individual services. There is nothing as embarrassing than being told to leave a hotel because you cannot afford it.

It is important that you choose a hotel that is within a central location. When you make such a choice, you are going to be able to visit a number of places, without the hustle that comes with such a move.  Try to avoid hotels that are doing construction since they will have demolition companies near me and the Nashville hotel.

It is important that you choose a hotel which has a professional-looking website. Remember that you are going to key in your card details, and you want to work with a facility which is not going to compromise your personal data and information. Again, the ability to make an online booking is in itself an advantage which cannot be under-estimated, it saves time.

When looking for a hotel, evaluate if you have special needs, and make sure that the hotel in question is able to assist you. For example, guests with asthma may find it very hard to breathe with allergens, and this could be a special case on their part. Similarly, you may have other special needs, and you need to inform the management early in advance in order to hear what they have to say.

You need to really think about the hygiene of the hotel, and do not make assumptions. Insist on knowing the hygiene protocol, eg, how often is linen cleaned. In addition to that, ensure that you are going to take clean food. If you do not ask such critical questions, you might come to regret later on.

Similarly, if you have a combination of children and a pet, then, you must contact the management for the appropriate arrangement of the same. It goes without saying that you will need enough space. With children being jumpy, and the pet being jumpy too, and the combination of the two being a playground, then you need to contact the management for the proper arrangement.

You need to be very careful on the safety of your hotels. Do a basic research on how prepared the hotel is in the case of the fire. Some of the questions to ask one are:

-What materials make the hotel (you may not easily get this information, but this is information that you can find if you do some search)

-Is there a fire response team in place?

There are other issues that you could be concerned about the safety of a hotel. For example, hotels that are located in crime zones could jeopardize your security. Unfortunately, Nashville has a few crime hot spots where murder and rape occurs, and you do not want to live in such an area. If you make such a choice, then, you might face harsh consequences for the same. It is in the best interest that a guest avoids such areas.

Whether one like’s it or not, the COVID epidemic has changed the way of life. Even with the pandemic under control, there is a possibility of a mutation. The best thing to do, then, is to go for a vaccine. The US, unlike some countries in the world, has a high rate of access to vaccine. The vaccine may not be enough for everyone, but it is worth trying to access one as soon as you can.

Thus, when you are looking for a hotel in Nashville, or anywhere else, be sure to check the quality of their sanitation services as well as additional health measures. For instance, do the staff respect the request for social distancing. It is true that there are many vaccines available, but it will take long to reach the entire country.

The fact that you desire a certain hotel, does not mean that it will be available. You need to ensure that you book the hotel well in advance, otherwise, you are going to have a difficulty making a reservation.

Lastly, you might think about backpacking in Nashville and the state offers such opportunities as much. There are several backpacking options provided by the state. Places to consider include Cedars of Lebanon and Edgar Evins State Park. As far as you are willing to work a few hours in a week, you can easily get food and accommodation for a longer travel experience.

Conclusion

When you are planning to go to Nashville, it is a time to taste the culture of the people of Nashville. You will interact better with the locals when you realize the Nashville culture and what people appreciate most.

Nashville is known for country music, and this is something that you are going to encounter. Though you are not a fan of country music, make sure that you join others in a country jig, and they will feel that you are part of them.

Overall, Nashville is a scenic and accommodative tourist destination and you should definitely consider it in your next itinerary.

Top 10 Best Family Hotels in Florida

family hotels in Florida

In this article, we’ll go over the top family-friendly hotels to stay in when visiting Florida.

Florida’s sunny and fun-filled state is always a prime destination for families. The many beaches, theme parks, and themed hotels simply offer the entire family nothing wholesome but the most enjoyable of vacations all year round.

That being said, from Miami to Orlando and all the Disney properties in between, there are simply way too many Florida family hotels to choose from. This can be highly daunting of a choice to make especially if it’s your first time.

To make the choice a little easier for you, We have narrowed the options down to the main and most popular hotels and resorts that families flock towards during a Floridian vacation:

1. The Lodge & Club at Ponte – Florida Family Hotel

In this amazing and luxurious Ponte establishment, all rooms are afforded a view of the ocean through balconies and private terraces. The entire layout and architecture of the property itself make you feel more like you are guests in a mansion than tourists on a vacation.

What makes this hotel a Florida family hotel is its amenities. The onsite nursery and seasonal summer camps allow the kids some time to have fun while still receiving education. Other than that, there are numerous etiquette classes, movie screenings, and a pizza party that the whole family can enjoy.

Amenities include a swimming pool for both adults and children, a business center for the working moms and dads, and onsite restaurants and shops. There’s also free Wifi and parking for guests.

2. Four Seasons Florida Family Hotel and Resort in Orlando

When one thinks of the Four Seasons, one tends to automatically conjure up images of luxury gardens, well-plotted rooms with top-tier interior design, and 5-star worthy service that’s tailored to your needs.

The Four Seasons Resort in Orlando is no exemption — in fact, the incorporation of kid-friendly amenities makes it go beyond any other Four Seasons Resort.

This Florida family hotel provides a complimentary Kids for All Seasons Club which gives your children a wide range of activities both indoors and outdoors. Along with that are rooms for video gaming, billiards, other kid-friendly amenities which are sure to keep the little ones occupied.

As the kids explore the resort’s many offerings, the parents and older kids can have some fun playing at the onsite basketball and volleyball court. Other amenities include a lazy river, pools with slides, a playground, a business center, restaurants, and shops of varying kinds. Wifi and parking are complimentary for visitors to the resort. Many families also seem to enjoy that pets are allowed within the premises.

The only drawback is that, compared to other resorts, the Four Seasons charges more. This is so that they can maintain and continuously provide more amenities to their guests.

3. Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

Whether you’re traveling alone, with friends, or as a family, the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club is a quintessential Florida family hotel that offers everything and anything a visitor could want. From arts and crafts classes to lessons on etiquette, the Inn and Club have enough activities to keep the whole family occupied. At night, check out the movie screenings or pizza parties.

There are also alligator excursions and summer camps for a healthy mix of educational and adventurous family fun. For the parents: Restaurants, bars, and shops can be found on-site or within walking distance. The property also has a business center and swimming pools to cool off when not on the white sand beaches.

Free wifi and parking are available complimentary to guests but there is a daily resort fee that visitors must be aware of. Though a bit on the pricier side, a stay in the Ponte Vedra is certainly a must-do for any family.

4. Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

The main hook that many guests love about this hotel is its proximity to the Universal Studios in Orlando. The theme parks and resorts are certainly a common and well-known tourist attraction. Staying in the Loews gives you an edge against the crowd because you are so conveniently close that you can get ahead on those cumbersome lines.

That’s not the only great thing about the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel though. For kids under 10 years of age, this Florida family hotel offers a Kid’s Closet — which grants the kids rooms filled with toys, games, and books of all sorts. The Kid’s Camp also offers the kids an entire day’s worth of fun and educational activities too.

Another great thing about staying at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is that guests receive a Universal Studios Unlimited Ride Access absolutely free. Other amenities the whole family would enjoy include pools, restaurants, free wifi, and a Business center, Pets are also allowed within the premises.

The only drawback with the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is that parking and accommodations can be a bit too pricey for some.

5. Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Any parent can attest to the magic of Disney and how every kid’s dream is to visit the fabled Walt Disney World. The Yacht Club Resort offers all the features your kids will go crazy for while also providing some elegance and amenities that adults would enjoy too.

There isn’t actually any kids club in the resort itself but kids will absolutely enjoy the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort that’s just a stone’s throw away. The establishment has a Camp Dolphin which provides lots of activities for kids 4-12 years old.

Despite not having a kid’s club, the Yacht Club Resort has a unique pool and lazy river that boasts a life-size replica shipwreck with a waterslide that the kids are sure to enjoy.

Free parking and wifi are complimentary for guests as well as feeling safe since it has hired the best in fire protection engineering. Numerous themed restaurants are available onsite or in the surrounding area. If you still have to work during your vacation then the business center will definitely be more than enough to get the job done.

6. Orlando World Center Marriott – Florida Family Hotel

Few places are as famous among regular family groups then the Orlando World Center Marriott. Perhaps this is due to the luxury accommodations and healthy amount of amenities it offers despite having some of the most affordable prices out there.

Kids have the option to spend their time in the Gaming Recreational Interactive Destination (G.R.I.D) which provides video gaming consoles and iPads to their heart’s content. They can also opt to splash around at the Falls Pool Oasis where there are three waterslides, two of which are within a 200-foot tall tower.

The plethora of amenities doesn’t extend to the children alone though. Parents can choose to dine at any of the many restaurants on-site and taste the worldly cuisine they have to offer. Shops and boutiques around the area offer more than just a chance to go souvenir shopping. Finally, the spa and wellness centers are sure to rejuvenate and take the stress of many parents’ shoulders.

Other offerings are a business center, free wifi, and open grounds for events and conventions. The resort also charges a daily resort fee for the use of the amenities.

7. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney can do themed hotels unlike any other hotel in the world can. The Animal Kingdom Lodge is no exception — allowing guests to experience the wonders of Africa right at the banks of Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Uniqueness and adventure are the main trade this Florida family hotel deals in.

Apart from the obvious benefits of being so near other theme parks in the area and seeing the African wildlife right from your windows, the hotel offers a plethora of services for the entire family. This includes in-room babysitting services, cribs, and a children’s menu, and informational classes on animals.

There are also poolside movie screenings and campfire-side activities like sharing stories and roasting marshmallows.

Each of the rooms bears African-themed designs and the restaurants offer both American and foreign cuisine options. Pools, free wifi, and free parking are also open to guests for use. Perhaps the only drawback when staying at the hotel is that it’s still a bit too far from other theme parks when compared to the other Disney hotels. This might be a deal-breaker for families visiting Florida specifically for the theme parks.

8. The Naples Beach Hotel

Oftentimes, when one thinks of a Florida family hotel, one often thinks about what amenities does the hotel possesses that can keep the kids occupied. Though necessary, the Naples Beach Hotel offers all the kid-friendly amenities without sacrificing any of the features that the adults come to love as well.

Mainly, the hotel offers a Kids Club for kids aged 5-12 years old from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. The club is complimentary and offers the kids a chance to take beach walks and various educational classes. For some of the older kids, the club offers volleyball, tournaments, and beachside scavenger hunt programs that keep them occupied as the parents enjoy the hotel’s other perks.

Dad’s can make use of the expansive golf course; Mom’s and Dad’s alike can destress and relax on the onsite spa; the entire family can have the grandest of time at the hotel’s 7-mile long beach. All that and more await you and your family when you stay at this Florida family hotel.

Other amenities include two differently-sized pools, a business center, free parking, and all the modern conveniences standard in this day-and-age like wifi and free use of appliances in the rooms. Restaurants both onsite and around the property are available but some tend to charge a higher than usual amount for their gourmet meals.

9. Reunion Resort & Golf Club

The Reunion Resort & Golf Club offers a favorable mix of luxury accommodations and kid-friendly fun enough for the entire family to enjoy. To begin, the resort offers more than 11 pools in the 5-acre large waterpark — some with slides of varying height.

The kid’s club offers young ones the chance to go on hikes, scavenger hunts, and participate in a variety of pool games. There are also tennis courts, golf lessons for kids, and a myriad of daily activities that keep the children learning, entertained, and busy.

Other worthwhile perks of a stay at the Reunion Resort & Golf Club include complimentary access to their business center, wi-fi, and parking. Restaurants onsite offer quality meals at reasonable prices too.

10. Disney’s BoardWalk

When done with a day filled with all the rides and activities one can do in Disney’s Theme Parks, a stay in the Disney’s BoardWalk Villas is just what one needs in order to relax and enjoy the calm and laid back life of Florida is known for.

Kids are treated to an onsite playground and carnival-themed pools. There is also an arcade where they can spend their time playing as many games as they’re allowed. When the parents need their time alone together, the property offers a babysitting service.

Each room is afforded its own balcony that provides it a view of the turn-of-the-century Atlantic city-inspired site. Other amenities Disney World has to offer are within walking distance of the villas. There are also 8 dining venues to choose from and 3 swimming pools.

You can also take the resort’s complimentary shuttles to get around Disney World’s expansive property.

Conclusion

And those were the best Florida family hotels. Note that many of the hotels in Florida, including the ones mentioned on this list, have modified their services to be aligned with the Covid-19 Pandemic guidelines. For you to be aware of those guidelines, consider going directly to the hotel’s website to see whether or not they allow children or what their requirements are for children.

Consider also that many of the hotels’ and resorts’ prices fluctuate depending on the season. Booking ahead of peak seasons like summer or holidays is a good way to hedge against the sudden dramatic changes in rates.

Above all else, enjoy the stay in the sunny state of Florida as much as you can.

It’s Always A Great Time To Join A Travel Reward Program

Join a Travel Reward Program

The concept of travel reward programs have been a popular method of attracting free flights and discounts to vacation during off peak seasons and other special times of the year. Members of your Hilton, Marriott, or Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide program will be pleased to learn that you are one of those individuals who benefit from such programs. You will find that many of your guests have not inquired about the blackout dates so they don’t know about the great deals available to them. For those that have members in their program, they will appreciate being one of the few that get the special pricing available.

You can decide to promote your resort or hotel with such programs or select from several available packages offered by different companies. The blackout dates may be useful to you in times of a slow travel season or when hotels and resorts are DiscountCharacter , Clubbing Tags often appear in many vacation packages, offering one of the best and most convenient ways to get discounted prices at over 200 properties in the United States and in Europe. It’s a favorite approach used by many of the world’s vacation resorts.

Vacation clubs are another excellent way to showcase your property. While the blackout dates may not be ideal for everyone, there are many that benefit everyone. By utilizing the club, you will be able to write-off thousands of rooms at your resort and will continue to write-off many more rooms over the years. No blackout dates necessary-just as long as you wish to utilize the vacation club!

5. Write-off your home’s rental income:Another very inexpensive way to write-off rental income is to utilize a strategy called taxicab income. It is a great way to both minimize your tax liability and at the same time benefit your rental income.Write-offs do not have to be major, limited, or long-term. They are also available in many situations where a home is being rented out for vacation and there is no longer any rental income generated from the property.

One of the simplest and most tax deductible ways to write-off rental income is to utilize a property as a place to stay while you travel, from a vacation property that you have owned for at least five years. You can also write-off rental income that you realize from homes that you have rented out for five years or more at rental properties in other countries. The key is to preserve that rental property and take full advantage of write-offs, taxes, and fees.

write-offs may be untararifferences, but they do exist-and for certain, they do benefit you! The most important thing to know is to know when write-offs begin and end.enses that you earn from a rental property are considered eligible for write-offs. As soon as you rent a property, that income is considered write-offable. But that is only fiction if you don’t actually have to use the property in question to write off your rental income.You have three options with respect to write-offs.

The first option is to never write off your write-offs. Naturally, this has its advantages. The primary advantage is that you will never have to worry about falling into reposing on property that you could have rented for years and never made any efforts to write off your losses. The worst thing that can happen is that some other party uses your property to score points or score points on their vacation property. So you must be careful in finding a rental property to write off in a few months.

The second option when it comes to property rental is to write-off major losses when it comes to construction consulting. This is the option that I have found to be the most problematic. But in choosing this option you must avoid a few things.

First, try to write off little losses every time you stay in a new place. Just be willing to write off small losses such as the maintenance fees for the grounds, flowers, utilities, and things that only add up to a few dollars every month.

If you have a rental property in another country and you expect it to last several years, you may need to adjust your outlook when it comes to write-offs. Instead of annually writing off major losses, try to do so every few years. As a rule, the shorter the period you have the property, the more write-offs you should see.

Finally, it comes down to time. This may seem like a no win situation, but the truth is that it is a practical necessity for many properties to be written off. As stated above, the time you have the property, the more likely that it will be chopped up and thrown once more into the black hole, than it will be preserved and may even be renovated to meet your needs. At the end of the day, the investment paid off and you have some valuable pieces of property.

 

The Passion for Travel – Bora Bora

Bora Bora Travel

 

Already knowing what is meant to be passionate about travel. Knowing what and who you are. This knowledge gives us the direction and encouragement to travel which we don’t have. This direct engagement we have with travel gives us the zest to venture out of our homes, Greco-Roman ruins, Greek ruins, to taste the spices of far away, to sleep on remote beaches, to savor the cultures of people who live thousands of miles away, to glimpse the glories of places we have never seen before. This direct engagement reaps a lot of benefit.

It helps us to understand other cultures: to get to know their cultures, their rituals, their music, their dances, their food, their beliefs. At the same time it gives us an opportunity to interact with other people from our different cultures: to be part of a global village. As part of that global village we engage ourselves and others in a way that we may never do when sitting in our homes.

Global village volunteering gives us an opportunity to be more aware of different cultures: to better understand them, to bring to their notice what they do and their cultures, to encourage and foster an interest in the culture of others. We can do this by example, by telling the people who are following our trails that we are travelers, and by encouraging them to tell their friends that we went shopping in Bora Bora.

When the people who followed our trail did, we got more information on what we followed. We had more conversations about what we saw and what we talked about. We were part of a group, and we made decisions together. We brainstormed and decided on what we wanted to do while we were in Bora Bora. We made decisions about what we would eat and what we didn’t eat. We shared many meal stories and pictures and allows us to know more about the people we met on our trail. We were more willing to share with each other and now, even more of us are signing up to go on our combined trip in the New Year.

When we first arrived and were trying to get information on how to get to Bora Bora, we were told that there were no vehicles available. Today, however, we were more than excited to see people loaded and ready to go. We were told that there would be a briefing and then a ride to the “tourist village” where we would all meet up. We didn’t get to the briefing until after 3:30. At the allotted time, several vehicles were bumped from their spots and a tour was provided of the Bora Bora Island. What a beautiful bustling village from a distance! We saw several different nationalities and there were even a family of Samburu villagers with 8 children and 2 women, plus other scattered people. The ability to live and work together in a village setting is a wonderful thing.

Some of the people we met have been here for more than a year. Old people, women, the elderly, the infirm and the sick are all there, as well as the two amazing llamas! The village we went to was on the island’s southwestern side, which also houses a National Park called Ma’aina wee Mari. We had a great lunch at Kaina Miihuana, a traditional Samburu village located on the ocean side of the island. We toured the museum and then the village houses many traditional craftsmen and women who still live according to their ancient cultures. Their handicrafts include woven mats and basketry, but their main product is the meatloaf, a traditional hearty meat dish served all day long.

There are more than 20 other Samburu villages in the island. Our lunch stop was the Nggela Bay Village, which is located on the eastern side of Bora Bora. This is the only tourist center in the island and an excellent place to pick up some great fish and lobster. We stopped for lunch just outside the village as the sun had set and the lighthouse was still shining. The lighthouse could be seen from almost anywhere in the village as it was beautifully lit. After our filling lunch we sat down to wait for our next stop, which was the Ang Vaw village. The town of Vaw is the center of agricultural work in the island as it is the center of the seeding market, and they have huge water storage tanks which were quite impressive to see. The central part of Vaw has these charming rowboats, passenger boats and canoes which are used to attract tourists to the town. We arrived just as the fishermen were returning with their catch from the open sea. The local residents were assisting them as they put the squid into baskets and loading them on to boats. We watched them returning with their reluctant catch, laughing and exchanging stories as they packed their baskets with squid.

The squid arrived at the mouth of the fisherman, who was carefully putting them into baskets.

 

Take a Vacation to Atlanta

travel to Atlanta

To Mai Tai, Isle of Capri, orandy banana hammocks; from Hermann Park to Emory Street for the serious wandered; from Highland Mall to Buckhead for serious shopper; and everywhere in between for a casual afternoon, urban or suburban walking tour. To cool off after your shopping spree (or while waiting for return transit to Atlanta), enjoy a cool drink at a rooftop bar or pub, savor a leisurely meal at a charming restaurant, or hop on a late night bus tour with retro rock in the background! Whatever your preference, Atlanta has it all! Asking it a bit easier – more convenient for you. Taxi, metered parking, city transit, pedi-coffer rides, and Six Sights West.

Peabody Southeast is bustling with activity year-round, with Six Sights West serving up the most creative take on “The Big Screen” with its eclectic collection of movie theater pieces, as well as the return of the Mardi Gras experience at Universal Studios. The theater is making the most of its spacious 11-story design, with a wraparound ceiling that adds to the festive atmosphere. During the warmer months, the Backlot Tour provides guests a glimpse of film history, as it tells the story of a Hollywood classic, which was only possible by the use of an Atlanta Process Server. The Peabody Delta Center serves as the city’s cultural hub, with a variety of performance and exhibition opportunities. The Six Sights West development team has also created a new downtown district, incorporating the return of Six Sights Village and the exciting new collaborative shopping opportunities anywhere in the city.

With major film industry conferences and production Anchors from major networks choosing Atlanta as their regular venue, the city is a favorite for professionals in film and television. Thehubway Beyond is conveniently located just off the I-20/ interstate highways, with free parking, world-class conference facilities and easy access to the business amenities of the city. Additionally, the village is walking distance to downtown Atlanta restaurants, entertainment and retail centers.The city is also within easy access of the surrounding state of Georgia with its deep water port to the south and the peaceful Chattahoochee National Forest with its historic waterway.Just a short trip outside of Atlanta, to the largest fishbowl in the world at Ponce De Leon Park. Outdoor activities of all sorts continue to draw people to the city, resulting in a wide, comfortable, ethnic, and stylistic variety of restaurants, bars, clubs, sports venues and public spaces to enjoy.

Atlanta continues to promote itself as a major entertainment, convention, and educational venue in the respective fields of Business,Information Technology, and Tourism fields. Major economic activities, business conferences, conventions, and entertainment activities associated with the city in the past and currently include Life 2020,Black Business Expo, and many international convention and visitor bureaus. Major attractions in Atlanta include the Balloon Fiesta atDania Beach, the Atrium Salon at Churchill Downs, and Atlantic Station.

Atlanta is a watch sports lover’s paradise. Many of the major sports teams either play at the city or are close to it.

Atlanta would like to inviting you to try “gin bath hospitality offering an inviting place to sit and relax as you enjoy a round of golf.” Atlanta is the perfect setting for your next summer weekend getaway!

 

Top 3 Islands For Caribbean Honeymoons

Caribbean Honeymoons

 

Planning a grand romantic getaway on an idyllic island haven? The Caribbean presents the ultimate escape for couples; in fact, it is ranked as one of the most popular destinations for honeymoons in the world! And why not? With its ancient history, cosmopolitan cities, warm hospitality and endless attractions, the Caribbean reigns supreme as a romantic destination for couples- whether you’re looking for a one-minute kiss, a sunset cruise misery, or a memories-spanning week of lazing by the pool.

If you’re planning a trip to the Caribbean, you’re sure to come up with a number of different options for a romantic getaway. Apart from the usual tropical island scenery and nightlife, you can also indulge in some wonderful theatre, attractions, and fine dining. For those looking for a top-notch honeymoon, these islands present the ultimate escape route.

However, in-between the chic cosmopolitan cities, there are other treasures waiting to be discovered. If you’re a keen spa buff, you’ll definitely want to visit Barbados and Saint Lucia. Both have a variety of amazing beaches and aaudi-adventure vacation packages, in association with some of the best hotels in the world.

Meanwhile, if you’re planning a cultural escape, you won’t want to pass up the opportunity to visit Barbados. The island is steeped in rich cultural heritage and is home to a number of important sites, from Christ Church Cathedral to the West Coast Museum. Likewise, Saint Lucia is famed for its internationally acclaimed active volcano and the island’s relaxing climate.

You may want to take a break from the Caribbean sunshine and head to Oman instead. Therescent Bay and the trading city of Muscat are perfect for a leisurely romantic getaway. The pace of life in Muscat is slower than in other islands, making it a perfect destination for leisurely cruises, whether they’re just leisurely sunset cocktails or slow-burn romantic candle-lit dinners.

When you’re looking for luxury, the Caribbean is Hollywood royalty – these islands are loaded with some of the best hotels in the world. You have a choice between sand-topped luxury hotels, gathers-on-travellers, tranquility and heritage hotels. Holidays here are even more Special and inclusive of your urban accommodations, as they cater specifically to couples who are looking for romantic destinations. If you’re set on a voyage, why not sample the Aegean and Meso-Westin hotels on offer? Set aside your worldly concerns for a few days and commune with all the charms of the Caribbean.

The temptations of the Caribbean remain the world’s most popular – and successful – holiday destinations. And it’s little wonder. With its ancient landscapes, its unstable political situation, and its rich culture, the Caribbean is a great place to visit at any time of year, from start to finish. However, if you must make a decision, the Caribbean presents a unique opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of usual life. Here, you can abandon the worries of your friends, family and contemporaries; and by booking a holiday in the Caribbean, you’re bound to save yourself a lot of stress. Moreover, a trip to the Caribbean can help you to appreciate your on.

The Caribbean is a great place to embark on a luxury vacation. If you’re a sun worshipper who prefers the warmth of the sun to the cool breeze of a Caribbean island, head to the region’s most famous and beautiful island, Barbados. Lovers of the sea will love the beaches that glitter and gleam at the beautifully secluded from the crowded Caribbean islands. Furthermore, you’ll also be able to enjoy the refreshing and soothing waters of nearby sea.

Moreover, Barbados is inhabited by some of the world’s most stylish and beautiful women. Does that say something about the island’s charm? Yes, it says loud and clear that Barbados is definitely a place to take a deep breath and relax. Furthermore, many of these very sexy ladies are found in the discotheques and restaurants of this East African island. When it comes to food, Caribbean holidays would never be complete without the world famous rum. While there are many places catering to the American and Belgian&nwildherry, the strongest influence over the region’s cuisine comes from the French Caribbean islands.

In the past, rum was produced and enjoyed primarily in the Dutch West Indies. Because of a permanent appointed port on the island of Aruba, revenues from the production and sale of rum quickly transformed a region known for income from piracy into one of the world’s major producers and dealers of alcoholic beverages.  It’s also known for one of the biggest services of auto appraisal. Today, with a ten-year annual tradition, the widely respected Barbados Biennale invites guests to “pour you’re cares away”.

 

Best Hotels to Stay at in Michigan

Michigan Hotels

Motels

There are several benefits to staying at a motel. They are. Of course, a budget alternative to a hotel that can save you money, but they are usually conveniently placed near highways and generally have parking spots. Saving money on your accommodation will provide more cash for spending on having fun. We have put together a list of our favorite motels in Michigan.

Sunset Lodge Escanaba (two-star)

6386 N. 11th St. Wells, Escanaba, MI 49829 

The Sunset Lodge is situated in Escabana, Michigan, convenient for the US2-41, and the M35. The motel has 24 units that are reasonably priced and come fitted with …

1. Direct-dial telephones

2. Cable TV

3. Air conditioning

4. Refrigerator

5. Microwave

6. High-speed Internet

They offer several extras …

1. Non-Smoking rooms

2. Family rooms

3. Free morning coffee and doughnuts

4. The ability to park at your door

5. Pet friendly

6. Adjacent restaurant

Do not be put off by the parking lot which is a bit shabby, the rooms are completely the opposite, cozy, and extremely clean. The rooms are quiet considering there is a high traffic road outside, most visitors have no problem with noise, but potentially the traffic could be an issue if you are a light sleeper.

It is not long since the restaurant next door purchased the motel and there will likely be further integration of services. The food in the family restaurant is highly praised and very enjoyable. You get better views from the upper floor.

Best Western River Terrace (two-star)

847 S Main St, Cheboygan, MI 49721-2219 

The motel is situated alongside the beautiful Cheboygan River. The motel is very convenient for visiting the Cheboygan State Park. The place is quiet and ideal for a nice walk along the side of the river. You can park right in front of your room, which is very convenient. The rooms are very clean and the staff very accommodating.

1. Cable satellite television

2. high-speed Internet access.

3. Coffee/Tea Maker

4. Microwave

5. Whirlpool Bathtub

6. Free, High-Speed internet

They also offer several extras …

1. Complimentary continental breakfast

2. Heated indoor swimming pool

3. Hot tub,

4. Exercise facility,

5. Boat docking

6. Business services.

The exterior of the property could be described as needing some maintenance, however, the interior is just fine. Clean rooms and good facilities. If heading to Mackinaw, it is only a fifteen minutes drive. Adjacent to the motel is a “Big Boy” restaurant, which was very handy, and opposite the motel is a Walmart, if you need anything during your stay. Overall it is a pleasant place to stay.

Sunset Motel on the Bay (Two.five stars)

1315 Bay St, Munising, MI 49862-1511 

All rooms at the Sunset Motel on the Bay have stupendous views of Lake Superior. There are units with one, two, or three bedrooms, and all of them are just steps away from Lake Superior. It is a beachfront motel within easy reach of Hiawatha National Forest, and a great place for a vacation. Incidentally, they do also offer holiday homes.

The views of the sunset from the hotel are stunning, hence the name of the motel. Some rooms have a balcony overlooking the lake, and the motel will supply chairs for sitting next to the water.

1. Free High-Speed Internet

2. WiFi

3. Per friendly rooms

4. Non-Smoking hotel

5. Air conditioning

6. Kitchenette

7. Microwave

8. Refrigerator

9. Flatscreen TV

The motel also has some extra features …

1. Picnic area adjacent to the Lake

2. Grills available

3. Chairs available for sitting by the water

4. Picnic tables are available

5. Vacation homes available

Most people just love the proximity of the motel to the lake. It is a peaceful place to relax and chill. While service and facilities were all very good, the motel décor is very dated and very much in need of renovation. The breakfast could also use an upgrade, perhaps add yogurt? In the evening the sunsets are so delightful that quite a few people gather to watch. Conclusion: Despite the magnificent sunsets and location of the motel, it may be regarded as slightly overpriced.

Hotels

Are you looking for a hotel with more facilities? Then we have three great hotels for you. Check out our selection to get a taste of comfort and great customer service.

Harbour View Inn (three-stars)

6860 Main Street PO Box 1207, Mackinac Island, MI 49757 

This hotel is located very close to the best attractions on Mackinac Island yet still manages to seem secluded from all of the traffic which can plague the island downtown. The hotel is a relaxing contrast to the bustle of the attractions. The Hotel does not allow pets and you are requested to leave them at home. The hotel also features the “HarbourQ, a BBQ place on Main Street.

Probably the most memorable thing about the hotel is its location. For visitors to the attractions, it could not be placed in a better position. They are particularly helpful with luggage, storing it before check-in and after check-out. They will also deliver luggage to the ferry should you so require.

The hotel is around half a mile from the city center on Mackinac Island. Fort holmes are about a third of a mile away, and Fort Holmes just over half a mile. The harbor view is particularly enjoyable. The hotel is wheelchair accessible.

1. Free High-Speed Internet

2. WiFi

3. Non-Smoking hotel

4. Fireplace in room

5. Private Balcony

6. Outdoor Furniture

7. Hairdryer in room

8. TV

The Stor Line Ferry Docks are just ten minutes away from the hotel. The hotel can arrange for a valet to pick up your bags from the docks and take them to the hotel. The chairs on the balcony make it an excellent place to sit and relax in privacy. The hotel has four separate buildings with a small courtyard between them. The hotel also has a bike rental service that allows guests to explore further afield.

The hotel has a few problems like no coffee maker in the rooms, and not all rooms have air conditioning. Lack of elevator access makes some rooms difficult, until they hire crane companies in Michigan to have them installed, but this is matched by excellent service, a perfect location, and a pleasant ambiance.

Sugar Beach Resort Hotel (three-stars)

1773 US 31 North, Traverse City, MI 49686 

This beach hotel covers 300 feet of Sugar Sand Beach, East Grand Traverse Bay, alongside the beautiful waters of Lake Michigan. The hotel was completely renovated in 2017 and has wonderful views of the bay. The hotel has a heated hot tub and indoor swimming pool to enjoy after a day’s activity. For those seeking exercise, the hotel has a fitness center for guest use.

The hotel is two miles from the airport and is one of many along Traverse Bay. It is a pleasant hotel but a bit of a misnomer to call it a resort as it lacks many of the amenities you would normally find at a resort. The hotel is not cheap but it is pretty well in line with other hotels in the area.

1. Free High-Speed Internet

2. Air Conditioning

3. Interconnected rooms are available

4. Coffee/Tea maker

5. Cable/Satellite TV

6. Sofa Bed

7. Walk-in shower

This “Resort” Hotel offers the following features

1. Free Parking

2. Fitness Center/Gym

3. Beach

4. Games Room

5. Children’s activities

6. Hot Tub

7. Indoor pool

8. Heated Pool

9. Rental for Water Sports

10. Sun Umbrellas

Many of the rooms are very spacious, although the number of electrical outlets was lacking. Rooms are typically very clean. The beach is not huge and each property along the beach has its own private beach and so walking along the beach is not practical. The beach, however, would be a nice place to sit and chill out, It is clean and very well maintained, perhaps enjoy a picnic, overlooking the lovely clear water. There is plenty of seating and tables to allow this, and it certainly works out a lot cheaper than high-priced restaurant bills.

AmericInn by Wyndham Wetmore Munising (two-star)

9926 M-28 East, Wetmore, MI 49895 

The Americinn Lodge & Suites in Munising, Michigan is located in the upper peninsula of Michigan, a few miles from the shores of Lake Superior and the famous Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The hotel rooms are very comfortable and the hotel features a 100ft Waterslide.

The Jacuzzi rooms feature a private jacuzzi in the room, which many guests find a boon after sightseeing all day. The rooms are very clean and the beds comfortable. Cozy is the word that comes to mind when describing this hotel and its ambiance.

1. High-Speed Internet

2. Pets allowed

3. Air conditioning

4. Microwave

5. Refrigerator

6. Flatscreen TV

The hotel also offers recreational facilities …

1. Pool

2. Sauna

3. Water Park

4. Children’s activities

The staff was very helpful in directing us to places to visit and eat. Hot coffee was available 24hours a day, and children were cleared from the pool area at 10 pm, which remained open till midnight. There is a water slide (100 ft) but it is closed during COVID restrictions. If guests need it there is also a useful laundry room. We included this in our top hotels mainly because of the helpful staff. This outweighed a few minor faults like limited hot water at peak time in the morning (it could sometimes take a few minutes for the water to warm up). The responsive, helpful staff goes a long way.

Bed & Breakfasts

If you are looking for a more welcoming and laid back place to stay, you really should consider a Bed & Breakfast. Both of the Bed and Breakfasts we feature have a wonderful reputation for offering a great welcome and first-rate customer service.

Ludington House Bed And Breakfast (two. five stars)

501 E Ludington Ave, Ludington, MI 49431-2220 

Dating back to 1878, This Queen Ann Victorian home was converted into a Bed & Breakfast. It has a total of eight guest rooms and a parlor to relax in. They serve a two-course breakfast and there are always coffee, tea, and delicious cookies available. There is off-road parking available for guests.

The Bed & Breakfast is located just four blocks from the center of the town, and a mile from the beach, which adjoins Lake Michigan. Travel just seven miles and you will reach the fabulous Ludington State Park.

1. High-Speed Internet

2. WiFi

3. Board Games and Puzzles

4. Air conditioning

5. Free Breakfast

Bob & Ellen offer a true welcome to their guests and are very knowledgeable about surrounding places to visit and restaurants in the area. The rooms are very clean and nicely decorated. They are very responsive to the dietary needs of guests and will go out of their way to accommodate requirements. It is the perfect place to visit for a relaxing weekend. The breakfasts were delicious and the hosts will give guests just the right amount of privacy.

Martha’s Vineyard Bed & Breakfast (three. five stars)

473 Blue Star Hwy, South Haven, MI 49090-8623 

Located in South Haven along the banks of Lake Michigan, this Bed & Breakfast is the perfect place to come for some peace. Martha’s Vineyard features 12 guest rooms that have an ambiance of refinement and elegance. The whole place is very relaxing.

Many of the bedrooms are fitted with two-person whirlpool tubs and each room has a fireplace. Comfortable is the best way of describing these rooms, and welcoming is the best way to describe your hosts at this Bed & Breakfast.

1. Free High-Speed Internet

2. WiFi

3. Hot tub

4. Air Conditioning

5. Flatscreen TV

6. Non-Smoking rooms

The Bed & Breakfast also features

1. Free Breakfast

2. Meeting Rooms

3. Concierge

The Bed & Breakfast has both the main house and an adjoining guest house. A nice touch is the hammocks strung between trees, so guests can chill out in the gardens. There is also a fire pit where on chill evenings guests can sit and relax in the serene grounds.

Bed & Breakfast establishments frequently offer a much more welcoming environment and Martha’s Vineyard certainly does that.

I hope that you enjoy your trip to Michigan and take advantage of our recommendations.