When a Roll-in Shower Really Isn’t…

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Sometimes I’m a stickler for terminology, and I know that infuriates no small percentage of my friends. But as a writer, I feel that words – the correct words – are very important. Case and point is an incident that happened at a chain hotel yesterday. Continue reading

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Crested Butte Gears Up for Ski Season

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Cherrie is ready for ski season!

As the fall colors dot the hillsides surrounding Crested Butte, the folks at the Adaptive Sports Center are gearing up for what they will hope will be a very busy ski season. Says Mike Neustedter, Marketing Director of the Adaptive Sports Center, “We’re all set for the ski season, which will open the day before Thanksgiving; and we have skis and snowboards that will meet just about every need.” And from looking at the mountain of equipment in the gear room, he’s not exaggerating one bit. “Granted”, he adds, “Sometimes it takes a bit of personalized adaptation, because every disability is different, but we do whatever we can to make it work.” Continue reading

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A Room with a View

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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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Five Free Wheelchair-Accessible Glass Installations in Tacoma

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Chihuly at Tacoma’s Union Station

When you go to Tacoma, you have to visit the Museum of Glass. That’s a given. But that’s not the only glass in the city. It’s time to think outside the box a bit and take a little walking tour to explore some of the hidden glass treasures of Tacoma. The good news is, all these sites are free; and the even better news is that they are all wheelchair-accessible. Continue reading

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Free Alcatraz Exhibit Coming to San Francisco

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Alcatraz Lighthouse, in front of the cell blockI’ve always been fascinated with the history of Alcatraz. I remember watching The Birdman of Alcatraz when I was young, and of course I totally loved Escape from Alcatraz and The Rock. And I was totally wowed when I visited the one-time prison and got to talk to a former guard. Wow, did he ever have some stories to tell. Continue reading

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Things are Not Always as They Seem

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I’m usually glad to see accessible travel get more mainstream publicity; however a recent article in the New York Times about airline passengers faking a disability just to get through security faster, left me a little bit irritated. Granted, the writer tried to present both sides of the story, but the article also strongly implied that folks should “look disabled” in order to avail themselves of airport wheelchairs. Continue reading

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Bloomberg Swings and Misses with New Accessible Taxi Dispatch

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At first glance the new accessible taxi dispatch system for New York City seems like a good thing. After all, less than 2% of New York City cabs are wheelchair-accessible, so actually finding one when you need one can be somewhat of a Herculean task. So what could be better than calling 311 to order your own accessible taxi? Continue reading

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Chow Down at Piggy Park For Some Good Carolina BBQ

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Maurice's Piggy Park in Irmo, SC.

Food is an essential part of any road trip. Not only does it provide fuel for your travel adventures, but it also offers a little insight into the local culture. Let’s face it, you just can’t pass up fresh lobster while you’re in Maine, or Crab Cakes when you visit Chesapeake Bay; and no trip to New Orleans would be complete without café au lait and beignets at Café Du Monde. Continue reading

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Top Five Access Oversights

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I see a lot of accessible rooms and do a lot of site inspections in my travels; and granted, some properties fare much better than others access-wise. I’m an optimist at heart though, and believe that everyone who makes the effort to add access features to their property has good intentions. But you know what they say about the road to Hell and good intentions.

Still, I’m genuinely glad folks make the effort , especially when many are not required to add access features. Continue reading

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