Looking Forward to a More Accessible Future

Work underway at The Lake House Restaurant in Grant Village

Work underway at The Lake House Restaurant in Grant Village

I’ve been writing about accessible travel for over 20 years now, and I can honestly say that I’ve see a lot of improvements since I first started. Years ago it was hard to find an accessible room at all, and now many hotels have pool lifts. Yes, I know there is always room for improvement, but I’m pleased at the direction that the hospitality industry is moving. Continue reading

And the Winner is…

A little celebration is in order.

A little celebration is in order!

Not to toot my own horn, but I’ve  received my fair share of awards over my 40-plus year writing career. That said, I’m especially proud of the Lowell Thomas Award that Charles and I recently won for Resting Easy in the US. Not only is it a very prestigious award, but it also lends some credibility to this niche that we’ve been covering exclusively for the past 20 years. 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

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

Chillin’ Out in Monterey

Cherrie enjoying the view of the Del Monte Golf Course from the Hyatt Regency Monterey.

With valley temperatures on the rise, it was fun to take a short weekend getaway over to Monterey. And Cherrie had a great time. Not only did she get to visit the very accessible Monterey Bay Aquarium and explore Cannery Row, but she also got to relax and enjoy the beautiful view of the oldest golf course west of the Mississippi at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. Continue reading

New Hotel Regulations Coming Soon!

Starting on March 15, some long awaited access regulations will go into effect — regulations that will make travel more accessible to everyone. I’m talking about the new hotel ADAAG;? which will require hotels to make sure that disabled guests actually get the accessible rooms they need. Continue reading

Are Fitted Sheets Just the Beginning?

Earlier this year Senator Kevin de Leon introduced SB 432 to the California legislature. This seemingly innocuous piece of workplace safety legislation would require hotels to use fitted sheets instead of flat sheets, and provide their workers with long handled mops and brooms to clean bathrooms. It’s considered a workplace safety issue because its implementation would prevent workers from bending and stooping as much, and in theory decrease injuries.

And although the lodging industry opposes it because of the added expense, I’m wondering if this is the harbinger of things come. Specifically, if sheets can fall under the umbrella of OSHA, then why not bed height? Continue reading