Plan a Warm Weather Getaway to Ellenton, Florida!

Ellenton, Florida is a perfect place to visit to get out of the cold and snow and into the sunshine! Ellenton is filled with great shopping, beaches, live entertainment, gardens, animal exhibits and attractions like Anna Maria Island, which is voted one of the “Top Family Vacation” spots in all the US, making Ellenton a definite getaway to experience sometime in your life. Make sure to check out these top attractions when in town:

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When in Ellenton, make sure to get the most out of your travel expereince by staying at a budget friendly and pet friendly Red Roof. At Red Roof Inn Ellenton, enjoy spacious accommodations with every room providing free WiFi, microwave and refrigerator and a work desk. Complimentary coffeehouse style coffee & tea are offered in the lobby. Our location is conveniently located off of I-75. Select rooms include coffee maker, iron and ironing board along with a hair dryer. This hotel also features exterior corridors, free continental breakfast, lakeside outdoor pool, guest laundry and extended cable television. Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport is just 13.9 miles away.

Safe travels and happy adventures!

-Katie

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#GoMoreGoPets Instagram Giveaway

This February is Pets month at Red Roof Inn! At Red Roof, we love pets and they stay FREE! Not only are we offering 15% off this month to all our pet travelers, but we are also hosting this giveaway in honor of those who love their pets.

All you need to do is follow us on Instagram @redroofinn and share a photo of your pet with #GoMoreGoPets to be entered into our contest for a chance to win a grand prize of a year’s subscription with BarkBox and FREE Night Stays with us!

  • 1st place: 1 year subscription with BarkBox and 3 Free Night Certificates
  • 2nd place: 3 months subscription with BarkBox and 1 Free Night Certificate
  • 3rd place: 1 Free Night Certificate

Click here to learn more.

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Good luck to all those who enter!

-Katie

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Experience the Cajun Coast

Morgan City can be found in the heart of Cajun South Louisiana and is known as the Cajun Coast. Located between New Orleans and Lafayette, Morgan City is filled with history and tradition, attractions, fantastic Cajun cuisine, arts, golfing and more! This is one charming, small town you will not want to miss out on visiting. When in town, make sure to check out these must-see attractions:

  • Amelia Belle Casino– Docked riverboat casino offering slot machines, table games & poker, plus an all-you-can-eat buffet.
  • Cajun Jack’s Swamp Tours – Take a tour and experience the heart of Cajun Country through the Great Atchafalaya Basin See bayous, swamps, channels, craw-fishing and more!
  • St. Mary Golf and Country Club– Plan a day of golfing at St. Mary Golf and Country Club, a beautiful 9-hole public golf course with a 36 par.
  • Museums- Explore the International Petroleum Museum and experience the history of the offshore oil business and a real oilfield. Visit the Wedell-Williams Memorial Aviation Museum and learn about the legacy of Louisiana’s aviation pioneers. For more museums to visit, click here.
  • Parks– There are many parks to visit around Morgan City, including Brownell Memorial Park & Carillon Tower where you can experience the various nature and plant life that grows along the edges of swamps and see one of the world’s largest cast-bell carillons, or Lake End Park for camping, trails, a pier for fishing and a marina and boat launch for boating on Lake Palourde.
  • Morgan City’s historic downtown/ Main Street– Visit Morgan City’s historic district and Main Street and experience over 40 antique and specialty shops, restaurants, nightspots, City Park, and the wharf pavilion on Atchafalaya River. In the summer, make sure to attend the annual Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival. All within a nine-block area!
  • Dining– Experience the fresh, local and mouth-watering Cajun cuisine that Morgan City has to offer. For a list of all the local dining options, click here!

When visiting the Cajun Coast, make sure to stay at a budget friendly and pet friendly Red Roof Inn so you can get the most out of your travel experience. Red Roof Inn Morgan City is close to all the must-see attractions and offer flat screen TV, microwave & refrigerator, hair dryer, iron & ironing board, work desk and in-room coffee in all rooms. Their location also features an onsite bar with restaurant, an outdoor pool, a business center with a PC and printer for guest use, and a family picnic area that includes a barbeque pit. Free continental breakfast is served daily in the lobby.

Safe travels and happy adventures!

Katie

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Top Ski Destinations

Live up this winter season and make sure to hit the slopes! Skiing is a great winter activity that is fun for the whole family. Spend the day skiing or snowboarding down hills, do cool tricks on ramps, ride the ski lift, and take a break by the fireplace in the lodge and drink some hot chocolate. Whether a beginner or a pro, these top ski destinations have all the right trails for you:

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Tennessee

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Plan your ski adventure today and be sure to stay at a budget friendly Red Roof Inn to get the most out of your winter trip!

Safe travels and happy adventures!

-Katie

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Winter Driving Tips

Today was the first big snowfall here in Columbus, Ohio, and with the first snow, comes ice and many driving hazards. Because it is the first snowfall, I am going to do a throwback post to one I wrote in December 2014 on the best winter driving tips and how to keep yourself, your passengers and all the other drivers on the road safe. Like I have said before, it is always smart to have some winter traveling tips on hand to help keep you safe when on the road.

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Supplies to Keep In the Car

  • Blankets– This is great if your heat won’t work, if your car is old and takes forever to heat up, or if you break down. Two years ago, when driving home from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan after spending Christmas up there, our car broke down in the middle of nowhere where the nearest tow truck location was an hour and a half away. Thank God for the blankets we kept in the car, otherwise we would have froze because it took 3 hours to be rescued and the degrees were in the negatives! Also, keeping some granola bars in your car is also good if this happens. Make sure to keep your hazard lights on when broken down on the side of the road!
  • Gloves, hat, and scarf– I always keep an extra pair of gloves in the car to drive with so my hands don’t freeze or for when I need to scrape the snow and ice off my car.
  • Ice scraper, shovel and kitty litter! -An ice scraper is an obvious must. Two years ago, the shovel and kitty litter helped me out a lot. My first car, the Lincoln Town Car, was very prone to getting stuck, even in small amounts of snow, especially when parallel parking on my street where sometimes I would get blocked in by all the snow the snow trucks would push to the side. I would have to shovel my way out and put kitty litter around my tires to help with the grip and traction when easing out of snowy and icy situations.

Unlocking/Starting a Frozen Car

  • Many times two years ago, I was not able to get in my car because the lock was frozen over! When this crisis happened, I would get cups of hot water and ONLY pour it over the key hole and key. I would then wiggle the key back and forth in the key hole until it finally unlocked. Do not pour the hot water on the windows! This could cause them to shatter!
  • Let your engine warm up once the car is started before going. This leads to a safer and more efficient car with less chance of breaking down.
  • If your car won’t start because the battery is dead, then you will need a jump. Either have jumper cables or your AAA card on hand in case this happens.

Driving Tips

  • Make sure to take turns slowly and watch out for black ice! Cars can easily spin out, causing you to lose control if you are not careful. Keep your lights on if it is very snowy and make sure your windshield wipers are working properly. Give yourself lots of space to stop so you don’t spin out or lose control as well.
  • Make sure you have enough fluid in your car to clean off the salt from the roads that clouds up your vision on your windows, otherwise you will have to stop at a gas station a lot on the road to clean off your windows.
  • If your car has a setting for driving in the snow, then use it! (stability control and 4-wheel or all-wheel drive).
  • Once again, have your AAA card and number on hand in case your car breaks down or you get stuck!
  • Most importantly, if the roads are not safe to drive on, then stay off the road and do not go out driving.

If needing a place to stay for the night to wait out a snow storm or if your flight gets delayed, remember that a Red Roof Inn is very budget friendly and a great place to stay for a inexpensive, warm night! Some Red Roof Inns are right off the highway or near the airport so you do not even have to detour from your travels.

Safe travels everyone! Stay safe and warm!

Katie

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Go BIG or Go Home: Experience Dallas, Texas

As they say in Texas, BIG things happen in Dallas and here in Dallas, Texas you can create your one-of-a-kind, memorable vacation. With big entertainment, great dining, shopping, attractions and more, you will always find something fun to do. Start the year 2016 right with a great BIG vacation. Here is a list of must-see Dallas attractions:Reunion Tower

When in Dallas, get the most out of your travel experience by staying with Red Roof Inn Dallas – Richardson. All rooms feature free WiFi. The Inn offers an outdoor unheated pool & Red Roof’s new “Order Inn” program where guests can order food for in-room delivery. Selected rooms offer micro-fridge units. Try the free coffee-house style coffee & tea in the lobby. The Dallas Love Field Airport is conveniently located just 13.6 miles away from the location.  Plan your flight and book your stay today!

Safe travels and happy adventures!

-Katie

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Amazing Beaches and Attractions of San Diego

San Diego, California is a must-see city to visit during 2016! San Diego is a great vacation destination to kick off the new year because of their many attractions and fantastic beaches. As January is usually a cold month, San Diego will give you sun, waves, and smiles that will rejuvenate you and start you off to a great new year. Here are the top attractions and beaches to visit while in San Diego:

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Amazing Beaches:

  • Pacific Beach– Find surf shops, famous white sand beaches with crystal clear waters, piers, boardwalks, fantastic fishing, fresh/local dining, and nightlife at Pacific Beach , which offers the Crystal Pier.
  • Ocean Beach– Ocean Beach has the longest pier in Southern California and Dog Beach where dogs run free!
  • La Jolla Cove A somewhat hidden gem with calm waters, caves and a breathtaking view- perfect for snorkeling, kayaking and diving!
  • Bellmont Park/Mission Beach-Visit Belmont Park, San Diego’s beach front amusement park with free admission! Ride all the thrilling rides, enjoy dining, shopping, or relax in the sands of Mission Beach.
  • Coronado Island/BeachCoronado Island is consistently voted one of the best beaches in the US and is known for the San Diego- Coronado Bridge and the historic Hotel del Coronad. This small town has elegant gardens, old-world mansions, unique shops, dining and more.
  • Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve & Beach– Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Beach remains one of the wildest stretches of land on Southern California coast with stunning overlooks and trails that lead to a beautiful beach.
  • Harbor Cruises and Whale Watching– Enjoy the best sightseeing in San Diego Bay. Hornblower’s San Diego boat tours offer natural wildlife viewing and sightseeing of world-renowned landmarks. The Port of San Diego offers many restaurants, attractions, cruises and more. For the cruise schedule and list of attractions, click here.

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When planning a trip to San Diego, make sure to get the most out of your travel experience by saving and staying with budget-friendly and pet friendly Red Roof Inns. Choose from Red Roof Inn San Diego – Downtown or Red Roof Inn San Diego – Pacific Beach/SeaWorld Area. Both locations are 8 miles or less away from the San Diego International Airport. Plan your vacation today!

Safe travels and happy adventures!

-Katie

 

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Get More out of your Travel Experience During The Big Game 50

FootballStay at Red Roof Inn San Francisco Airport during the Big Game 50! This budget friendly and pet friendly Inn is just 27.9 miles away from the big game at Levi’s Stadium and conveniently located just 2.5 miles from the airport, making it the perfect place to stay to get more out of your travel experience.

Red Roof Inn San Francisco Airport is pet friendly, family friendly and just minutes to the San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Conveniently accessible through BART  (Bay Area Rapid Transits) to all that San Francisco has to offer, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and downtown San Francisco.

WHILE IN SAN FRANCISCO, CHECK OUT THESE OTHER MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS WHILE IN TOWN FOR THE GAME:san-francisco-downtown
  • Take the FREE Burlingame Trolley to Downtown Burlingame Avenue, from California Drive to El Camino Real, only 3.0 miles away.
  • San Francisco Chinatown– 18.1 miles away- Be sure to check out San Francisco Chinatown– the oldest Chinatown in North America, as well as Little Italy! North Beach is happening! The night life here is full of theatre, bars, clubs, and sound.
  • Stanford University– 19.2 miles away-One of the world’s leading research universities, Stanford University is located in California’s Bay Area, which has won the title of one of the most intellectually dynamic and culturally diverse areas of the nation.
  • Golden Gate Park– 19.5 miles away-Golden Gate Park has more than 13 million visitors yearly, for one of San Francisco’s greatest treasures. Ride the carousel, spot out the buffalo, take a Segway tour, check out artwork at the De Young Museum, explore the sea creatures at the Golden Gate Park Aquarium, take a walk at the Japanese Tea Garden or the Conservatory of Flowers, and much more!
  • Strawberry Hill– 19.5 miles away-An island in the middle of Stow Lake, Strawberry Hill has every shade of green imaginable. Here is a refreshing excursion about San Francisco, measuring close to 430 feet into the air – the highest point in the entire Golden Gate Park. When you visit, you won’t want to forget to take your camera!
  • EXPOSITION CENTERS- Looking for a place to host your next company meeting? Look no further! The Cow Palace and the San Mateo County Event Center are two exposition centers that have hosted many concerts, social gatherings, and more! Let us, also, help to cut down your travels. We are only 11.5 miles away from the Cow Palace and under 7 miles away from the San Mateo Event Center!
  • ACCLAIMED PARKS- Walk the trails in Alamo Square (17.2 miles) – dogs are permitted here. Next take your furry friend along to the dog play area at Mission Dolores Park. This park also holds many festivals and cultural events. Lastly, go to Candlestick Park (15.8 miles) which was America’s first modern stadium. Now only ruins remain – take a walk and see what is left of this historical landmark.
  • Golden Gate Bridge– 23.4 miles away
  • Fisherman’s Wharf– 18.3 miles away-Plan a visit while you are in San Francisco/Burlingame to San Francisco’s most famous waterfront community! Fisherman’s Wharf is a perfect display of how a historic era can still influence present-day culture, events, sights, sounds, and food.
  • Alcatraz Island– 18.6 miles away-Catch site of the first lighthouse and US built fort on the West Coast and the federal penitentiary long off-limits to the public – the famous prison, all from the Alcatraz Island! Rich in its history, but the island also comprises of gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and beautiful bay views like no other!

Make sure to get the most out of your Big Game travel experience by staying at a budget friendly and pet friendly Red Roof. Red Roof Inn San Francisco has fantastic new amenities in our newly renovated NextGen ® design rooms! The rooms at this 100% Smoke-Free hotel feature new, comfy Rest Suite beds by Serta, plush high-end bedding, new modern design flooring, comfortable new seating and a large, flat-screen TV, in room safes and microwave & refrigerator. This Red Roof also offers free WiFi, room service from 5-10pm, an outdoor seasonal heated pool, business center kiosk, coin laundry, an ATM, a fitness center (located across the street). Bus and Truck parking is subject to availability per contract with our sales office only and Park N Fly rates are available through 1-800-Red-Roof or at the Front Desk. Guest parking is available for $10 a night, no oversized vehicle parking available. Experience our complimentary coffeehouse-style coffee and tea in the lobby. Leaving early or arriving late we have a 24-hour on site restaurant ready to serve you. One well behaved family pet is welcome.

BOOK NOW!

Safe travels, happy adventures and GO TEAM!

-Katie

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Get out of the Cold and Experience Pensacola, Florida!

Pensacola, Florida is the perfect destination for all you snow birds looking for a warm weather getaway. With beautiful, white sand beaches, sunny days, warm weather, great shopping, dining, and tons of entertainment, you will never want to leave this city! When in Pensacola, make sure to check out these top attractions:

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  1. Pensacola Beach-Relax on the white sand beaches and emerald green waters of Pensacola Beach, named one of the top 25 beaches in the US on TripAdvisor. Go fishing on and explore the Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier for their dining options and shops, including Casino Beach Bar & Grill or Go Fish Gift Shop. Go Parasailing, fishing or take boat tours with Key Sailing or Reel Eazy Charter and follow the Footprints in the Sand Eco-Trail to learn about sea turtles, sea shells and more.
  2. Check out Sam’s Fun City & Surf City, an amusement and water park with over 20 rides and attractions or Fast Eddie’s Fun Center for water wars, go-karts, mini-golf and more!
  3. Pensacola Lighthouse– Climb up the 177 steps to see a spectacular view of the Gulf Coast, Pensacola Pass, Forts, skyline, Navy Yard and more.
  4. Cordova Mall– Shop for the latest fashion trends or enjoy fine dining at the largest and most upscale shopping center on the northwest Gulf Coast of Florida.
  5. Dining– Enjoy the freshest seafood at Joe Patti’s Seafood or handmade craft beers at Pensacola Bay Brewery. For a list of all the best dining in Pensacola, click here.
  6. Enjoy concerts, performing art performances, symphonies, dance and more at the Vinyl Music Hall  or the Saenger Theatre.
  7. Visit Uncle Sandy’s Macaw Bird Park  where you can interact with a variety of parrots and exotic birds.
  8. Five Flags Speedway– Check out Five Flags Speedway for thrilling auto racing! The speedway hosts Stock Car and USCS Spints racing events.
  9. Museums and Historical Forts- There are many museums to visit including the Pensacola National Naval Aviation Museum, the world’s largest Naval Aviation museum, the fun and interactive Pensacola Children’s Museum, historic  Fort Barrancas and the Bateria de San Antonio, Pensacola Museum of Art, T.T.  Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum, and the Historical Pensacola Museum of Commerce.
  10. Parks- Pay your respects at the Veterans Memorial Park, explore the rich history, beautiful trails, boating, fishing, picnicking, and more at the Pensacola Scenic Bluffs at Bay Bluffs Park or walk the boardwalks, white beaches, rolling dunes, surf, fish, swim and more at Perdido Key State Park and Beach located on Barrier Island.
  11. Pensacola Bay Center– Pensacola Bay Center hosts concerts, meetings, public ice skating hours, sporting events including the Ice Flyers Hockey and so much more! To find your event, click here!
  12. Escambia County Equestrian Center– Hosts horse shows, Rodeos, dog shows, clinics, exhibitions, festivals, concerts, and more!
  13. Colleges- Visit a family member, your alma mater, explore the campus, or catch a sporting event at the Pensacola Christian College or the University of West Florida.
  14. Marcus Pointe Golf Club– This golf course includes a challenging 18-hole golf course, practice areas and a full service restaurant called The Pointe Grille.

When in Pensacola, make sure to get the most out of your travel experience by staying at the affordable, pet friendly Red Roof Inn Pensacola West or Red Roof Inn Pensacola East. Not to mention, both Inns are conveniently located close to the Pensacola International Airport. Plan your warm weather getaway today!

Safe travels and happy adventures!

-Katie

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Experience Wichita, Kansas!

Wichita, Kansas will always keep you entertained no matter the time of year with their many shopping districts, art galleries, museums, attractions and award-winning cultural opportunities. Either plan a relaxing getaway or an exciting adventure! While in Wichita, make sure to check out these top attractions below:

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While in Wichita, make sure to get the most out of your travel experience by staying at the budget friendly and pet friendly Red Roof Inn Wichita- Park City. This hotel offers an indoor pool, complimentary continental breakfast between the 6:30AM and 9:30AM, flat screen TV, free WiFi and many other amenities. Easy access to I-135 makes it an optimal stopping point for travelers.

Safe travels and happy adventures!

-Katie

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