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

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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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

Calico Jack has the Right Attitude

It’s often been said that a travel writer is never truly off duty, as we’re always searching for new stories. And sometimes they just happen to find us, even when we’re on a totally “non-working” vacation. Such was the case yesterday when I went zip lining at Calico Jack’s in Belize. Continue reading

Truth or Consequences Access Improving

Hacienda Mexican Restaurante

Located in Southern New Mexico, Truth or Consequences is a favorite getaway spot for us. That said, it’s not the most accessible city in the world. It?s a historic little town, with sidewalks in need of repair and curb-cuts that are somewhat of a challenge. And many of the businesses have steps up into them. It?’ a town with a lot of potential, but it really needs some TLC. 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

New Zealand on Location — Access Intelligently Planned

Roll-n Shower in Room 511 of the Amora Hotel in Wellington, New Zealand.

I was very impressed with the access I found on my first trip to New Zealand; so it comes as no great surprise that I’m even more wowed on my second visit. It’s just my first day here, but after a very long shower to wash away the jet lag, I’m once again bowled over by the sensibility in Kiwi accessible design. Continue reading