Discover the USA Suggestion... GRAND HOTEL & MACKINAC ISLAND
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Monday, January 30, 2017
I enjoy staying at different places when I come to the city to be able to enjoy different experiences and be able to have a list of recommendations for clients coming to New York. This time I stayed in Yotel at 10th & 42nd. It is an excellent value and conveniently close to the theatre district. Just a short walk to the Convention Center, and the subway. The cabins are small but efficient. It's sleek and modern, with both Japanese and European influences. The elevator plays hip and fun music, and there's a robot in the lobby to help store your luggage for later in the day departures.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
I made it to Turks & Caicos and this amazing resort! Pictures to come... But let me just say WOW! If you're looking for a fantastic family beach vacation...THIS is it! I won't steer you wrong. Beautiful waters. Gorgeous accommodations. Plentiful restaurants. I can't wait to get the touring started tomorrow. Initial pictures will be uploaded later and throughout this learning adventure... except for this first glimpse of my room's front verandah (there's a back one too).
Monday, February 11, 2013
While on my recent sojourn to Florida and the Caribbean, I enjoyed a day at Universal Orlando Resort – well, actually PART of a day, not the entire day. I was there specifically to complete the on-site portion of the Universal Specialist Program for travel professionals. Another program designed to better understand the destinations that we sell, and thereby boost our individual business for a particular destination. The Universal program includes an online and an on-site portion… I’d completed the online portion last summer. Now it was time for the on-site.
Full disclosure time – and go ahead and let your jaws drop in disbelief if you so choose – but I have never read a single Harry Potter book in my life. Nor have I seen any more than about 20 minutes of one of the films when it aired on television. That’s it. I am not a Potter fan, nor do I plan to become one. But I did have interest in seeing the land for myself. I wanted to know what I sell, and be able to answer questions that my clients might have. So when the opportunity to visit the parks presented itself, I jumped at it. And I will say, that even though I am not a fan, and I do not know the different storylines or backstories behind the various elements of the land itself – it was beautiful . And I believe, very well executed. The folks at Universal Creative apparently got it right, because I definitely heard a lot of “high praise” from guests all around me, oohing and ahhing at the various shops, backgrounds and scenic elements throughout Harry’s community. I knew some of the characters from magazine articles and conversations with friends, but the backstories... no.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Friday, December 14, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Friday, October 5, 2012
Disneyland - Anaheim, CA
The Disneyland Hotel officially opens across the street from Walt Disney's original Magic Kingdom, Disneyland. The hotel is owned and operated by the Wrather Corporation (Jack Wrather is a good friend of Walt's, invited by Walt to build and operate the hotel with the license to the Disneyland name, and the hotel will not become officially part of the Walt Disney family until the 1988 acquisition by The Walt Disney Company).
Sunday, September 9, 2012
- 1-Bedrooms are 714 square feet, and can accommodate up to five guests, plus one child under age 3 in a crib. They include a fully equipped kitchen, washer & dryer, king-size bed in the master bedroom, a queen-size sleeper sofa plus a sleeper chair in the living room, whirlpool tub in the bathroom, and a private porch or balcony.
- 2-Bedrooms are 1,075 square feet, and can accommodate up to nine guests, plus one child under 3 in a crib. They offer all that a 1-Bedroom has plus a second bedroom with 2 queen-size beds and a second full bathroom.
- 3-Bedroom Grand Villas are 2,113 square feet, and can accommodate up to 12 guests, plus one child under 3 in a crib. They offer all of the amenities of the 2-Bedroom, plus they include a third bedroom with 2 queen-size beds, a third full bathroom, a full dining room, additional private balcony and are two-story rooms.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
- Deluxe Studios are 376 square feet and can accommodate up to four guests, plus one child under age 3 in a crib. They include a kitchenette, two queen-size beds and a private porch or balcony.
- 1-Bedrooms are 942 square feet, and can accommodate up to five guests, plus one child under age 3 in a crib. They include a fully equipped kitchen, washer & dryer, king-size bed in the master bedroom, a queen-size sleeper sofa plus a sleeper chair in the living room, whirlpool tub in the bathroom, and a private porch or balcony.
- 2-Bedrooms are 1,333 square feet, and can accommodate up to nine guests, plus one child under 3 in a crib. They offer all that a 1-Bedroom has plus a second bedroom with 2 queen-size beds and a second full bathroom.
- 3-Bedroom Grand Villas are 2,375 square feet, and can accommodate up to 12 guests, plus one child under 3 in a crib. They offer all of the amenities of the 2-Bedroom, plus they include a third bedroom with 2 queen-size beds, a third full bathroom, a full dining room, additional private balcony and are two-story rooms.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort features a total of 3,056 guest rooms, with 1,008 rooms found in the French Quarter; 1,024 rooms found in Riverside and 1,024 found in Magnolia Bend. About 500 rooms throughout the Magnolia Bend section of Riverside were recently refurbished as “Royal Rooms” with a princess-inspired theme.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Sunday, July 29, 2012
The resort is comprised of 4 sections, representing Disney’s classic animated films “The Little Mermaid”, “The Lion King”, and Disney*PIXAR films, “Finding Nemo” and “Cars”. Each section is decorated and themed with its’ own oversized icons – such as the various car characters from the Cars films, super-sized coral from Finding Nemo, gigantic clam shells, pride rocks and many more. In a change from the other value-level resorts, the Art of Animation is designed with rooms having interior doors and sealed hallways rather than exterior doors. Emergency staircases are done in the same exterior fashion as the other value-level resorts (and are themed with coverings such as giant pride rocks, coral, or super-sized dock pilings).
Disney's Art of Animation Resort® features a total of 1,984 guest rooms, comprised of 1,120 Family Suites and 864 traditional rooms. The majority of the rooms accommodate up to 6 guests whereas the traditional rooms accommodate up to 4 guests, plus one child under 3 in a crib. The Family Suites have a queen-size bed, plus two double sleeper / pull-down beds, a small kitchenette, plus a full bathroom and a half-bath. All of the regular rooms have either 2 double beds or 1 king-sized bed.
The resort includes a themed pool, “The Big Blue”, a quick-service food court: Landscape of Flavors; and lounges, poolside snack bar, The Drop Off Pool Bar and in-room pizza delivery service.
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort® is a value level resort located in the southern portion of Walt Disney World, in the ESPN Wide World of Sports® area. Convenient bus transportation will take guests to all other parts of the Walt Disney World® Resort.