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
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
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
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
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
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
Resting Easy in the US; Unique Lodging Options for Wheelers and Slow Walkers is finally here!!
I always get excited when I release a new book, but I have to say that my newest baby is by far one of my most ambitious projects. But it’s finally complete and now I can breathe a heavy sigh of relief.
So what makes this book so different?
Well like all of my books, it is meticulously researched. Resting Easy in the US includes accurate access descriptions and detailed photographs of over 90 properties across the US. From B&Bs, guest ranches and lakeside cottages, to boutique hotels, rustic cabins and deluxe yurts, variety is the key word in content. And although access varies from property to property, each one possesses a unique attribute – be it the location, the owner, the room, or maybe even the entire lodging concept.
So if you’re looking for something beyond that cookie-cutter chain hotel, this book is for you.
But a picture is worth a thousand words – especially where access is concerned – so lots of great access shots are included.
And since everyone’s access needs are different, I also included my “take” on who it will — and won’t – work best for.
But what good is an accessible property if there’s nothing to do around it? Well I considered that too, so I also included a section with each property about accessible things to see and do nearby.
And at nearly 400 pages, it’s chocked full of useful information. In short, it’s a great resource for seniors, parents with stroller-aged children, Baby Boomers, folks who need to take things a little slower, and anybody who uses a cane, walker, wheelchair or scooter.
So surf on by www.RestingEZ.com and check it out. And tell a friend!
As I was checking the final edits in my next book, Resting Easy in the US; Unique Lodging Options for Wheelers and Slow Walkers, I encountered an unexpected ethical dilemma. Let’s just chalk it all up to bad timing, as Indiana’s governor had also just signed the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law. Continue reading
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