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Two Casitas Offer an Old Santa Fe Welcome

Kathleen Walls

Nothing is more welcoming on a cold night than a warm fire flickering in an old fashioned cast iron stove. It's really a gas heater but it looks and feels like a real old fashioned wood one. Naturally, there is back up heat and air conditioning if you visit in summer. When I visited Two Casitas in November, Santa Fe's nighttime temperature dropped to 19%. It didn't bother me at all.  Read more


Treasures in Oklahoma City

Kathleen Walls

Oklahoma City is filled with treasures I discovered yesterday and probably many more I did not have time to visit. My stay began at the historic 21C Museum Hotel. This early 1900s building earned its place on the National Register of Historic Places by being a former Fred Jones Ford Motor Company assembly plant that crafted Model Ts.  Read More.


Enjoy Regal Treatment at the King and Prince Resort

Kathleen Walls

Want to live like Royalty? That's easy. Visit The King and Prince Resort on St. Simons Island in Georgia. First off it's regally positioned right on the beach. It's more than just a hotel. The dining is both indoors and out depending on your mood. If you have had a hard day ruling your kingdom, let their luxurious spa massage your cares away. Read more.

Why Glamping?

Kathleen Walls

Are you having a Fourth of July travel fantasy?  Planning a trip offers lots of options. This year you might want to do something different, like glamping. For the uninitiated, glamping is a new way to travel. Glamping has turned camping from a rustic guy's-escape to an experience that combines the best of staying at a luxury hotel with getting back to nature.  Read more.

Commodore Hotel:History Meets Hospitality

Kathleen Walls

"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in those years." Kathy and Michael Dumont live up to that slogan posted in the café of their Commodore Hotel in Linden, Tennessee.  Many people in retirement just take it easy and go with the flow. Not the Dumonts. In fact, they bucked the flow when they "retired" to the small town of Linden, in Perry County Tennessee named for Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. Read more.

One Day in Columbus, Georgia

Kathleen Walls

If you just have a one-nighter in Columbus Georgia, here is the perfect way to enjoy your day; go whitewater rafting on the river, eat at SaltCellar, and stay at the Columbus Marriott.Read more.

Montréal Tech Trek

Renée S. Gordon

Jacques Cartier reached the island at the confluence of the Ottawa and St. Lawrence Rivers in October 1535 and became the first European to explore the area. A fortified indigenous village, Hochelaga, preexisted on the island and was described as having about 1,500 residents and 50 longhouses. The natives accompanied Cartier the crest of a small mountain on the island he named Mont Royal and from which Montréal gets its name. Read more.


Small Hotel_Big Welcome: Dinah's Garden Hotel

Kathleen Walls

Dinah's Garden Hotel bills itself, "A lush oasis in the heart of Silicon Valley." It certainly lives up to that promise. On a recent visit to Dinah's, John Hutar, the hotel's general manager, showed us around the gardenlike hotel grounds. Originally the hotel entryway location was the site of a famous eatery Dinah's Shack. Behind it there were apricot orchards. The restaurant was named for the nanny of the original restaurant owners' children. It was enormously popular so when Dinah's Garden Hotel founder, Raymond Hadley, bought the property and built the hotel, he kept the name. Read more


The Chattanooga Choo Choo

Kathleen Walls

I found Ms. Belmont's words totally accurate when I checked into the Choo Choo in Chattanooga Tennessee and found myself ensconced in my own private railcar. It felt like I was back in Victorian times traveling in luxury. I kept watching for the Rockefellers or Carnegies to pop out of one of my neighboring cars. While not as luxurious as some upscale hotels, the railcar had such a vintage charm and everything I needed to be comfortable for my stay. Read more

Elvis Slept Here

Kathleen Walls

In the days when a Model T was the latest craze and everyone wanted one of those new fangled horseless carriages, it was only natural for new roads to spring up around the country. One of the most famous of those roads was Route 66. It began in Springfield, Missouri on April 30, 1926 when a telegram proclaimed it as "Route 66." Originally it was called "The Great Diagonal Way" but the era's equivalent of public relations people felt Route 66 was more promotable. John Steinbeck named it "the Mother Road" in, Grapes of Wrath. Read More

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort:
Something for Everyone

Kathleen Walls

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort located on 200,000 scenic acres in the Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania can fulfill all of your dreams.  We stayed there last year for a Mid-Atlantic Travel Public Relations Alliance (MATPRA) Convention. This is far beyond its five-star rating. It's more than a hotel. It's a resort in the broadest sense of the word. Read more

Detroit's Foundation Hotel

Kathleen Walls

You know a city has come of age when they repurpose a classic piece of their history. Detroit has done just that with the new Foundation Hotel. It opened the 100-room boutique hotel in May 2017 in what was once in the Detroit Fire Department headquarters. The building that is now the hotel was built in 1929, but this location housed fire equipment from 1840 until the Detroit Fire Department abandoned it in 2013. The end result is a blend of museum, art gallery, upscale dining and lodging with a touch of a local hangout.  Read more

Hotel Florence: A Blend of Old and New

Kathleen Walls

We expect a hotel to have all the modern amenities and conveniences. It's a plus when they have a unique personality and interesting history. Hotel Florence fills the bill all the way. It's a small 64-room boutique hotel in historic downtown Florence, South Carolina so you get very personal attention when you stay there. It was a Choice Hotel's Ascend Collection Platinum Award Status Winner in 2015 and the winner of the Ascend Hotel Collection brand's 2016 Hotel of the Year Award so they know it is doing things right. Read more

Barrymore: A Local Flavorite

Kathleen Walls

Are you one of those people who book at chain hotels? If so you could be missing out on a lot of local flavor. Barrymore Hotel in Tampa is a perfect example. Once part of a chain, this boutique hotel in Tampa's Downtown River Arts District, is a unique cultural experience not just a place to lay your head. Read more

Everything is Bigger at Gaylord Texan

Kathleen Walls

The Gaylord Texan Resort is six miles from DFW Airport and light years away from average. The Gaylord Texan is a total resort with dining, shops, multiple indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, a fitness center, and pretty much everything you need to have a wonderful time all within the resort. Do find time to tear yourself away and explore Grapevine while here. Read more

Drury Plaza Hotel:
It's More Than a Place to Lay Your Head

by Kathleen Walls

It's so nice when a historic building gets refurbished for a new use. Such is the case in Pittsburgh. The Drury Plaza Hotel was once the Federal Reserve Bank of Pittsburgh.  The Georgia marble faced Art Deco building began life in 1931 and was bought by the hotel in 2013 and began renovations in 2014. The Drury has kept many of the historic features. Read more

Renee's Road

California Coast  Town and Gown College Tour

by Renee S. Gordon

While academic programming may be considered the most important factor in selecting a college, also essential to success are both the campus and local culture. College tours are an excellent way to experience a slice of student life, obtain specific admission and housing details and visit in-depth the area surrounding the institution.  Parents should accompany the student on the tour if possible and turn what could be a tedious exercise into an opportunity of a lifetime.  Read more

Inn Roads 

Bloomsbury Inn

By Kathleen Walls 

If you are tired of cookie cutter hotels and want a stay where you mix history, comfort, great good relaxing surroundings, cordial hosts and a friendly cat to pet, try Bloomsbury Inn in Camden, South Carolina. Read more  


St. Simons: A Georgia Barrier Island Bursting With Charm

by Christine Tibbets

Barrier islands distinguish Georgia’s coast.Their geography’s   interesting to know, and to see up close. What’s happening on the one named St. Simons Island is robust, ever changing while holding on to historic charms. The tides here are distinctive; consider them metaphor for beachfront lodging, expansive culinary, bustling downtown and personal ways to delve into the history. Read more                                        


History Lives at First Colony Inn

By Kathleen Walls

First Colony Inn is the perfect place to immerse yourself in Outer Banks history while enjoying all the modern conveniences. Lost Colony Inn is not luxurious but it is comfortable and so welcoming. ...Read more

Old McCaskill has a Farm

Kathleen Walls
Real farms are rare treasures. Those pleasant homes with a family living in the midst of real farm animals, crops they planted themselves with cats and dogs to share the space have mostly been replaced with huge corporate offices where someone orders the planting done by huge machines manned by workers who  are bused to the site then returned to the city after the day’s work is done. The office workers only know the animals they are raising by the number and type. Read more

Walking on History: George Washington Hotel

By Kathleen Walls

When you first step into the George Washington Hotel in Winchester, you are walking on history. That distinctive Tennessee pink marble floor in the lobby is the same floor on which the ordinary people and the famous visitors have walked since the hotel opened in 1924. Jack Dempsey, James Cagney, Ed McMahon, Lucille Ball, Lucy Baines Johnson, President Lyndon Johnson's daughter, and President Gerald Ford's daughter, Susan, are just a few of its celebrity guests. The two president's daughters were Apple Blossom Queens of the local Apple Blossom Festival. Read more

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