Can $1 Really Make a Difference?

Ruby's Inn near Bryce Canyon National Park

Ruby’s Inn near Bryce Canyon National Park

Have you ever checked into a hotel, only to be asked if you wanted to donate $1 to a local organization to help make needed tourism improvements? This usually happens in or near national parks, and I always end up checking the box that obligates me to cough up an extra buck to help out. But I often wondered how much money really ends up directed to the local organizations, and – more important – did my dollar really make a difference? Continue reading

Let’s Talk Statistics

graph-163509_1280I’m often asked if the number of disabled travelers has increased in the 20-plus years that I’ve been covering accessible travel. Well, from an anecdotal view of things I usually answer that question with a enthusiastic yes. Of course it’s not like I’ve done a survey or anything. Continue reading

Escape to Carmel-by-the-Sea for Wine Tasting, Ocean Views and a Great Deal!

Hofsas House

Hofsas House

Carmel-by-the-Sea is a long-time favorite of mine. There’s something to be said for a town that actually prohibits street addresses — a law that was enacted by the founding fathers because they feared the village would become too citified if mail delivery was allowed. And to this day, the downtown area is still bereft of addresses, parking meters and street lights. I just love simplicity. Continue reading

New Yosemite Property Gets A+ For Access

Accessible pool area at Ruch Creek Lodge

Accessible pool area at Rush Creek Lodge

Although I travel the world in search of cool accessible travel finds, I’m just as excited to discover one right in my own backyard. Such was the case last week, when I went over to check out the new Rush Creek Lodge, just outside the Big Oak Flat entrance to Yosemite National Park. Continue reading

What Does Brexit Mean for Accessible Travel?

With Britons voting to exit the European Union, I’ve had quite a few questions about what this means for disabled travelers. And although I don’t have a crystal ball, I can see at least one area that might possibly be in line for a change – air travel. Continue reading

The Accessible Cabin That Wasn’t

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My suitcase just squeeked through the narrow bedroom door

People often ask me why I travel around the world just to look at accessible rooms, cabins, campsites and all other assorted types of lodging options. “After all” they usually say, “Everything is accessible today – it’s the law.” And granted we are light years ahead in accessibility as compared to pre-ADA times, but there are still places out there that are sorely lacking in access. And what’s even worse is that they are promoting some of those properties as accessible, or in their words “ADA compliant”. Continue reading

Great Grand Canyon Winter Deals

You can get the best price on a hotel room in the winter at the Grand Canyon

You can get the best price on a hotel room in the winter at the Grand Canyon

A few years back when I was researching my Grand Canyon book, I was fortunate enough to spend some time with the front desk supervisor at the El Tovar Hotel. Not only did she accompany me on all my room inspections, but she also shared loads of insider information about the different types of accessible rooms in the park. Continue reading

Drury Gets Access Right

I have to admit that I love Drury properties for the little extras they provide – the popcorn and soda snacks, the Kickback happy hours and the full hot breakfasts. But beyond that, they also seem to have a good handle on access needs; and by that I mean they remember the little things that are often overlooked by other hotel chains. The Drury Suites in McAllen, Texas is a prime example of that, and here are a few of the sometimes forgotten access features that they nailed. Continue reading

It’s Duckmaster Time!

That’s me – Honorary Duckmaster

I simply love Memphis, so it doesn’t take much to get me to visit the birthplace of rock and roll. And although my latest stopover had little to do with music, it had everything to do with the famous Peabody ducks. Quite frankly, when I was invited to be Honorary Duckmaster at this Memphis institution, I just couldn’t resist. Continue reading

A Tasty Surprise at La Posada

Arizona Green Chile Eggs atLa Posada’s Turquoise Room

Since I’m writing an article about access at the remaining Harvey Houses of the west, a stop at La Posada in Winslow, Arizona was a must-do on my itinerary. As expected I was simply wowed by the architecture, historic photos and large collection of southwestern art at this grand old gem; however I also came away with an added bonus – an excellent breakfast at the hotel’s Turquoise Room. Continue reading