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US: Savannah, GA – Eli Whitney Slept Here

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Why not stay at a hotel that has embraces a piece of Southern history –   Inn at Mulberry Grove. Mulberry Grove was the name of the plantation where Eli Whitney arrived as a tutor for widow Mrs. Nathaniel Greene’s children. Her hubby was 2nd in command to Washington, and had been given The Mulberry Grove Plantation as a gift from the spoils of the Revolutionary War.

Whitney was no average tutor. A Yale graduate, he tinkered with inventions, and recognized the need to speed up the process of separating cotton seeds from cotton fibers. He gained worldwide recognition for inventing the cotton gin, which revolutionized the South’s cotton industry. During the Civil War, General Sherman burned down Greene’s original house, but now you can stay in this Inn on the same land.orig_cotton_gin

There’s a touch of European elegance here, with gilded mirrors and dark wood furnishings. The hot breakfast with sausage, biscuits, grits and waffles can be taken in the courtyard. There’s a guest laundry, and it’s budget friendly.

Location: Inn at Mulberry Grove, 101 O’Leary Road, Port Wentworth GA 31407
Tel: 912-965-9666
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US: Newark, DE – Courtyard Newark/Univ of Delaware is Pet, Disability and Ice Cream Friendly

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

This is a special Courtyard, located on the grounds of the University of Delaware, so you can take advantage of University fun. Check to see if you can catch a game or something exciting going on on the campus. The hotel works closely with the University Hospitality Program, helping to teach future hoteliers, and has always employed hearing-impaired staff. It’s not only disability friendly, it is pet friendly too – including small pet yard outside.courtyard-newark-outside

There is good reason why this hotel is the winner of numerous Trip Advisor and Marriott awards for excellence in guest service, as evaluated by direct guest feedback. With over 250 years of hospitality experience on the management team, Bill Sullivan and his award winning crew do an amazing job exceeding your expectations.

Enjoy modern accommodations, state-of-the-art technology, and impeccable service at the  four-story, 126-room Courtyard Newark-University of Delaware. The hotel offers all of the comforts of home for your visit – whether you’re in the area for business, or to visit the campus of the University of Delaware. Make yourself at home in the spacious, pleasingly designed rooms and suites, equipped with a well-lit work desk and ergonomic chair, free high-speed Wi-Fi, flat-screen HDTVs, mini-fridges, and comfy pillowtop mattresses.bedroom-courtyard-newark2

For an interesting dining experience, ask them about the unique student restaurant on the campus – and the student ice cream parlor too. It is truly farm-to-table, since other students learning about the dairy industry care for the cows, milk them and prepare the cream for the ice cream.  Sample healthy American fare and award-winning crab cakes at The Bistro, which also serves Starbucks® coffee. Squeeze in a workout in the fully-equipped fitness center, or take a swim in the indoor pool. Book today, this hotel won’t disappoint!

Location: Courtyard Newark: 400 David Hollowell Dr., Newark, DE 19711 (GPS use 200 New London Rd)
Tel: 302-737-0900
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Germany: Munich Hotel Bayerischer Hof

Friday, August 15th, 2014

The Hotel Bayerischer Hof was opened in 1841 because King Ludwig I wished to have a comfortable place for his guests to stay. (What – no extra rooms in his gi-normous palace?). Today it is still a gorgeous 5-star hotel, but we think the best places are on the roof and in the basement.

Palais Keller, situated in the old salt cellar from the Middle Ages, is an inexpensive but delicious place to dine on traditional Bavarian food. Go down the stone steps to this bustling restaurant with waitresses sporting frilly aprons, carrying big mugs of Lowenbrau beer and wearing big smiles. The folkloric atmosphere only adds to the taste of the veal in cream sauce with spaetzle, potato salad, sauerkraut, bread dumplings, weiswursts and cheese wursts, along with pretzels with mustard.

After you’ve dined head for the roof, to the Blue Spa Bar & Lounge. Have a drink in the sky and take in the birds-eye view of all of Munich before you.

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In 1897 Herrmann Volkhardt bought the hotel, and today Innegrit Volkhardt, the fourth generation, is the General Manager.  It was bombed in WWII; Falk Volkhardt, the son of Hermann  made an amazing discovery under the ruins of the destroyed hotel – the Spiegelsaal (Mirror Hall) had survived almost intact.  In October 1945, this was where he opened the first restaurant in the centre of Munich after the war.

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Cosmos Tour: Prague Vienna Budapest – Dinner in NH Hotel Prague

Friday, August 15th, 2014

The first included meal in the Cosmos: Prague Vienna Budapest tour was an entree into the hearty meals to come. It started off with a beef broth with thin noodles and small tidbits of beef.PragueNHDiner

The main course was roasted pork  in a flavorful beer gravy with a side of  red cabbage and bread “dumplings”. These were new to most of the travelers. Rather than a round doughy ball which we expected, these were more like slices of rye bread sitting in the gravy – so easy to lap it up.

Dessert was a light tiramisu served in a tumbler. Good start!

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S. Korea: Cruise Ship Guarantees No Seasickness

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

If your ears cannot cope with the movement of ships and therefore you cannot comfortably go on a cruise, there is an answer for you which removes the debilitating bouts of motion sickness.

The Sun Cruise Resort and Yacht in Jeongdongjin, S. Korea, is the first “cruise” which remains on terra firma. It is really a cruise themed resort. All guests are wrapped in the luxury of a cruise liner including all the trappings of a ship. The cruise ship shaped hotel sits high on a cliff, perhaps set there by a rogue wave.

When you board, expect wooden paneled sloping rooms which have porthole windows to view the sea. The sound of crashing waves is piped through speakers to give you the feel of an ocean going experience. You can experience the salt water by swimming  in their sea-water pool. Don’t miss having a drink in the revolving bar which offers up spectacular sunrises.

US: Use Their “Insider” at W Scottsdale, AZ

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

You only get the services of a concierge if you stay at upscale properties. What sets the W Hotel Scottsdale (London, Barcelona, Hollywood, CA) apart is that they also have an “insider”. If you want to get into the coolest club or can’t get a reservation at Elements, or tickets for the Giants, or into a designer’s workshop, this woman knows everyone who knows everyone and makes it happen.

Unusual too, for W hotels, this one has a floor with 2-bedroom apartments for longer stays. In these extreme WOW suites, there’s a kitchen and laundry, 2  1/2 bathrooms and a 239 sq’ deck with views of Camelback Mountain.

W Scottsdale
7277 East Camelback Road,
Scottsdale, AZ, 85251 USA
Tel: 480-970-2100

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Boca Raton Two-Faced Luxury

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

When it’s time for ultimate luxury for the night in Florida, you have the schizophrenic options at the Boca Raton Resort & Club of the dazzly new beach property or the authentic Florida golf resort (2 courses) with a water taxi or bus to take you to and fro.

You’ll never go hungry with 14 restaurants to choose from – Lucca Italian and Morimoto Sushi bar to Serendipity with those famous frozen hot chocolates.

The ocean is in your face when you walk in beachside and the uber-friendly bellhops make you comfy with a tour and room info. There is white shirted help on the beach for chairs, umbrellas towels or blue shirts for food or drink brought right to your blanket.

Spa Palazzo is modeled after Alhambra and is indeed palatial (44 treatment rooms) with arches, carved stone, marble and mosaics and yet very modern with the the pool’s underwater music and waterfall whirlpools. There’s Sam Snead’s tennis program, a marina for boating and fishing, butler service, camp Boca and baby sitting for the kiddies and if you’ve ever had the yen you can learn how to play croquet.

Location: 501 E. Camino Real
Tel: 888-543-1277

Sandra and Stan on Radio

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

On Saturday Sept 10th, My husband and I will be on Radio Centre-Ville’s Centre-Ville Consumer show with Beta Wayne.

Tune to 102.3  between 12:30 p.m.  and 1 p.m. and you’ll hear about our experiences in Holland and Flanders, Belgium in May. It will be the full half hour of conversation between us.

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Free Meal if the Sun Doesn’t Shine – Yuma AZ

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

A lot has changed in Yuma over the last century – but one thing that hasn’t is the reliable sunshine that favors this southwestern town an average of 350 days a year. In fact, back in the day, Yuma hotels boasted that they offered “free board every day the sun doesn’t shine.” Now, in honor of Arizona’s Centennial celebration, the whole community will renew the historic offer for twelve months beginning August 1.

“Since Yuma is America’s sunniest city, we think that this is a perfect way to shine a light on our climate and celebrate a century of hospitality,” said Susan Sternitzke, executive director of the Yuma Visitors Bureau. “It’s a natural – literally.”

True to the original promotion, the new “free board” campaign will provide complimentary meals at participating restaurants for registered guests of participating hotels. An officially sunless day – “Code Gloom” – will be declared by a committee of YVB staff, board members and meteorologists as of 5 p.m. and announced to the public when hotels place a life-sized cutout of an umbrella-toting Yuma Mayor Alan Krieger in their lobbies.

Hotels then will validate and date-stamp “free board” certificates which will be good until 5 p.m. the next day for a complimentary meal (or $10 discount) at variety of restaurants. Other area businesses are coming up with tie-in specials, discounts or giveaways, with free tastings at the local winery and complimentary admission to the historic Yuma Territorial Prison park and museum already among the offerings that’ll brighten sunless days.

Is picking up the tab for what could be a party of thousands a big gamble to take? Sternitzke says no, pointing to the Guinness World Record recognizing Yuma as the sunniest place on earth – with bright skies prevailing a mean of 4,055 hours of a possible 4,456 hours every year, or 91 percent of the time.

Yuma’s also prominent in the “weather extremes” tracked by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Climatic Data Center, earning number one slots not just as “sunniest,” but also driest (3.01 inches per year), least humid (annual average 22.5 percent) and having the fewest days with precipitation (16 per year average).

All that data has given at least one hotel the confidence to take the idea even further, with a special rate that will award a free room “every day the sun doesn’t shine.” The cost is the same as the regular room rate, explains Jeanine Rhea, general manager of the Hampton Inn, but comes with a “sunshine guarantee.” You’ll have to book two weeks in advance. “Sunshine is the default setting here,” Rhea said. “We’re pretty certain that what we’re risking in comp room nights will be outshined by the warm feelings we’ll generate.”

So how many days a year – if any – actually pass in Yuma without at least a glimmer of sun? Despite all the statistics, no one is quite sure. But when it comes to this bright idea for the centennial celebration, gloom just isn’t part of the outlook.

A longtime favorite with sun-seeking snowbirds, Yuma’s population nearly doubles in the winter months, thanks to more than 23,000 spots in RV parks and resorts. The community also offers nearly 4,000 hotel rooms, conference and meeting facilities, and three casinos and of course, its  “cloudy with a chance of tacos” forecast.
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Daniel Boulud in Florida

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Who would think you can stop on an exit of I-95 and have bragging rights that you have eaten in a Daniel Boulud restaurant?  At Cafe Boulud at The Brazilian Court in Palm Beach,  you can expect the prices will match the excellence of the presentation, service and the quality of the food. Everythiing is made, cured, cooked or smoked on the premises.

If you want to eat and not drop a bundle, do breakfast. There are typical omelets and porridge and the Boulud Benedict was divine. The restaurant is located in a 1926 hidden gem historical (condo) hotel with 2 courtyards and an iconic fountain in a great location – you can walk to Worth Ave and it’s 1 1/2 blocks to the ocean.

Location: 301 Australian Ave.
Tel: 561-655-7740 or 800-552-0335

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