Why You Should Bother to File an ADA Complaint

I get a lot of feedback from my readers, and a good chunk of it pertains to what I call “access shortfalls”. In most cases the incident usually involves a hotel or other travel related business that failed to provide appropriate access. And although the degree of severity varies from case to case, my advice is usually the same; “File a complaint with the Depart of Justice (DOJ) for a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.”

Unfortunately that sage advice is usually met with a deafening silence. Continue reading

Exploring the Berkshires

Cherrie just kicking back and enjoying Noble View.

For the most part this press trip has been a wrap-up research trip for my next book, “Resting Easy in the US; Unique Lodging Options for Wheelers and Slow Walkers”. The title pretty much describes the theme – I’m hoping to encourage folks to “think outside the box” as far as access goes, as present a wide range of accessible properties across the US. Continue reading

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

What's wrong with this shower? It's not wheelchai-accessible, as the innkeepers claim.

Remember that game you used to play in Highlights Magazine? The one where you’d circle the things that were wrong with an innocuous looking picture? Well, today we are going to play the adult version. It’s called “What’s Wrong with this ‘Accessible’ Shower?” Continue reading

A Hocking Hills Find

There's even a special bear bench for Cherrie near the cabin!

Every time I visit Ohio’s Hocking Hills I discover a new cool accessible lodging option—and this time was no exception. Last night we stayed in a very accessible creekside cabin near Logan, Ohio. It was compact, but still had room enough for a wheelchair, and it included a small kitchen and a lovely back deck. There was also a private hot tub on the deck, but it wasn’t accessible. Continue reading

Unexpected Access Feature at Yavapai East

At this point in my career, I’ve seen thousands of accessible hotel rooms. Some are good, and some are not so good; but my job is to describe their access so that my readers can make appropriate choices based on their abilities. Continue reading

Cherrie’s Spring Break

Chillin on the patio at Miramonte Resort and Spa

Well, it’s been a long, cold, wet winter for everyone, and Cherrie is happy to be on her spring break. No worries about bears gone wild on this blog though, as we are having a g-rated spring break at the Miramonte Resort and Spa in Indian Wells, CA. Continue reading

Circus Circus Clowns Around with Access

For the most part, Las Vegas is a very accessible destination. They have a good supply of accessible taxis, wheelchairs and scooters for loan at many hotels, and good access to the casinos. And the hotel rooms there are some of the most accessible ones I’ve ever seen — some even have ceiling track lifts. Continue reading

A Piece of the Rock in the SF Financial District

Up-close-and-personal at "Alcatraz; Life on the Rock".OK, I admit it, I’m a huge Alcatraz fan. I’ve seen every movie made about the island (the Birdman was the best), I love reading historical accounts about prison life, and I’m simply enthralled by the audio tour whenever I visit the old cell block. And on one visit to the Rock, I even got to chat with a former Alcatraz guard. Boy did he ever have some stories to tell. Continue reading

A Room with a View

Cherrie enjoying the view at The View Hotel

There’s nothing more disappointing than reserving a room with a view, only to arrive and discover that you have a great view of the parking lot. Gladly that will never happen at The View Hotel in Monument Valley, as all of their rooms have great views of the surrounding landscape. Really!

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