Sunday, March 2, 2014

"In My Pursuit Of" The Perfect Escape

I have always thought of vacation planning just as exciting as embarking on the trip itself. The research, choosing a place to stay, activities, can be quite fun, but every now and then, you want to just pack a small bag and escape for a day or two all within a short drive from home. What better way to do that than a staycation or what I like to call "The Perfect Escape”.  

About a month ago, we received a postcard in the mail for a upcoming RV show about 45 minutes from our town. My hubby is a huge RV fan, and when he suggested that we attend this event, I knew following that would be, find a hotel.  This could have very well been just a day trip, but we used it as the perfect opportunity for a overnight getaway. 

Sometimes we will spontaneously decide a week or two before, to just find a hotel under 2 hrs drive, and getaway for a day or two.  But it can be just as enjoyable when their is an event or something going on that adds a fun activity to your stay.

A few of our must haves when booking a place for a short stay, indoor or outdoor pool depending on the weather, a hotel bar for a nightcap, and a nice restaurant within a few minutes of the hotel or if the hotel restaurant serves breakfast & dinner that is fine too. We find when booking our stays, smaller boutique style inns may not offer full service restaurants.
For this escape, we settled on a stay at the Hilton Garden Inn and offered everything we wanted, and even better, we got a good deal using our AAA membership and upgraded to a one bedroom suite.  Now normally we would not select a suite for a 1 night stay, but with such a good rate it worked out great.  It was definitely like a mini home away from home.  

I remember reading a quote that went something like, “The hotel can sometimes become the destination” and in this case, it did!  

 After attending the RV show, and hanging around for about 3 hours viewing the different styles of campers, and having lunch, the remainder of our day was spent at the hotel. This was a very attractive place, with an inviting common area, nice staff, lively lobby bar, indoor pool with spa and our suite was sleek and modern with 2 flat screen TV’s!.  What more could we ask for?

But the real beauty in a stay like this, no housekeeping to do, no beds to make, someone there to make us a great breakfast, a relaxing evening with cocktails, meeting new and interesting people, a dip in the pool and soaking in the hot tub!  

It really makes that junk mail go from boring to interesting! 
Look before you throw it out, your next escape could be a postcard away!

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