Thompson Holidays Drops the Ball on Accessibility

Matt Anderson had every reason to believe his Cape Verde vacation would be a relaxing retreat for him and his partner Shelly Grainger. After all, Anderson booked a wheelchair-accessible room through Thompson Holidays. The British travel operator was quick to take Anderson’s £2,800, but when the couple arrived in Africa they were informed that the accessible room was only “requested” and not “reserved” for him. 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

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

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

When a Roll-in Shower Really Isn’t…

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

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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Cherrie’s Tips for Finding Accessible Lodging

As we set out on our summer road trip with Cherrie, we thought it would be a good idea for Cherrie to share some of her to tips for finding an accessible room. After all, there’s nothing worse that arriving at a property, only to discover that it doesn’t fill you access needs. With that in mind, here’s what Cherrie has to say: Continue reading

Top Five Access Oversights

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