NYC Attractions

NYC is the perfect place to travel to if you want to visit a city filled with great restaurants, entertainment, tours and attractions! Here is a list of great places to explore when you are on a trip to New York:

  1. 30 Rockefeller Building aka GE Building- Home of NBC Studios where you can tour the sets of some of your favorite shows. You can have dinner on the 65th floor of the GE Building at a restaurant called the Rainbow Room or you can go up to the observation deck, the Top of the Rock, to get an amazing view of New York. You can also ice skate in the 30 Rock Plaza.30rock.jpg
  2. Time Square- Every visitor needs to experience Time Square- all the lights, buildings, the huge advertisements, people, shops and restaurants- Time Square is filled with many things to do and see.IMG_0331
  3. Federal Hall- View a historic landmark where George Washington was inaugurated as president.IMG954505
  4. Wall Street -Take a stroll along Wall Street, the financial district of New York City, home to the world’s two largest stock exchanges, the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ.IMG954506
  5. Dining- Dine at themed restaurants like Ellen’s Stardust Diner- a 50’s themed diner known as the home of the future stars where the wait staff perform Broadway songs. Also, check out Jekyll’s Hyde Club Restaurant and Bar found in Time Square- a haunted restaurant with live and spooky entertainment and where the wait staff are dressed up as monsters like Frankenstein and vampires. IMG952184Try Shake Shack- a chain based in New York with delicious burgers and shakes. Looking for something more upscale? Try Delmonico’s Kitchen, a delicious steakhouse.IMG951344 steakdinner.jpg
  6. Madison Square Garden- Catch a basketball game, a hockey game or a concert at MSG Arena! IMG954522
  7. Radio City Music Hall- Where many big concerts and events take place, including one of my favorite shows, America’s Got Talent!BeFunky_IMG953529.jpg
  8. Central Park- Take a walk, run or carriage ride around the beautiful park! Explore the Central Park Zoo, take a ride on the carousel, see the Strawberry Fields, sit down and relax around the lake, gardens, or statues around the park.
  9. Empire State Building - A world famous landmark with exhibits like the Dare to Dream exhibit which talks about the history and construction of the building and an observatory on the 86th and 102nd floor where you get to see an amazing view of New York! They also have some restaurants and shops inside.empirestatebuilding.jpg
  10. One World Trade Center, also known as the Freedom Tower, stands 104 standard stories tall, the tallest structure in NYC, at the spot of where the original World Trade Center stood.freedom tower
  11. 9/11 Memorial Museum- The museum commemorating the September 11th attacks and is at the location of where the Twin Towers use to stand.
  12. Ellis Island- Tour the island and see the Statue of Liberty. You can also view it from a distance at many other places like from the Staten Island Ferry or from Battery Park.statueofliberty.jpg

When visiting New York, Red Roof Inn is the perfect budget friendly place to stay at so you can get more out of your travel experience. With the money you save, you can see more attractions, go on tours, go on a shopping spree, eat at nice places and so much more. Click here to find an Inn and book your New York City adventure today!

Safe travels!

Katie

 

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And so it begins: March Basketball Tournaments!

Yesterday, the March tournaments started with the session one basketball games at the University of Dayton Arena in Ohio. The atmosphere was electric and the sports fans were all excited for the start of the tournament.Capture

First, Manhattan played Hampton with the Hampton Pirates taking the win last night and moving on to play undefeated Kentucky. The second game, BYU played Ole Miss with Ole Miss turning around in the second half from a 17 point deficit to take the win and move on to play Xavier! Even though BYU did not take the win, they had an amazing mascot, Cosmo the Cougar, who would do back flips and break dance on the arena floor!

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Whether you’re a sports fan or not, most people seem to become one in March, especially if they fill out a bracket and have a chance to win big. People become fans of teams they don’t normally cheer on just because they have chosen them to win in the round.

March is a great time of year to get together with your friends and watch the games. With the start of spring, you can find a great sports bar that has TVs outside on the patio and enjoy the warm spring weather while watching the game.

If you are attending one of the March tournaments, you should make the most of your travel experience and explore the city around you. Get the most out of the basketball tournament by staying and saving at Red Roof! Make sure to check out our list of Red Roof Inns nearby all the stadiums during the March tournaments. We still have rooms available!

Safe travels and good luck to all those who have a bracket!

Katie

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10 things to do during Spring

Spring is just around the corner with the official start date beginning on March 20th! With spring being so close, the snow beginning to melt and warmer weather coming our way, it’s a great time to plan a list of things to do during this beautiful season.

  1. Plant something green- Start a garden with beautiful flowers, vegetables or plant a tree.
  2. Have a picnic- With cherry blossoms and flowers blooming everywhere, spring time is perfect for a picnic.
  3. Go for a much needed run or a hike outside once the snow is gone and the weather is beautiful.
  4. When going out to eat, sit outside on the patio.
  5. Go to a park- Feed the ducks at the pond, fly a kite, lay in the sun or toss a ball around.
  6. Spring cleaning- Go through your closet and find clothes that you can donate while getting your spring clothes and open toed shoes out for the season.
  7. Play in the rain- It does tend to rain a lot during the spring, but you know what they say- April showers bring May flowers.
  8. Open all the windows in your house or car while driving and let the spring breeze in.
  9. Plan a trip to a zoo, a conservatory or a baseball game once the season starts.
  10. Plan a spring vacation and travel! At Red Roof, we want you to get more out of your travel experience by staying and saving with us! With the money you save, you can do more during this spring season!

Don’t forget, during the month of March, you can also register to receive double points on every stay and earn a free night faster!

-Katie

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Jalapeno Popper Dip Recipe

Last week on February 24th, it was National Tortilla Chip Day! At Red Roof Inn Corporate, we hosted a Chip and Dip competition in honor of the day. Our favorite dip was a Jalapeno Popper Dip. Here is the winning recipe:

Jalapeno Popper Dip:

Ingredients (Serves 12):

  • 7 slices bacon, dicedchip dip

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion

  • 5 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped

    Toppings:

  • 1 cup crushed buttery round crackers

  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Cook and stir bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towels to drain.
  3. Stir bacon, cream cheese, mayonnaise, Cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, green onion, and jalapeno peppers together in a bowl; spread into a 9-inch round baking dish.
  4. Mix crackers, Parmesan cheese, and butter together in a bowl; spread over the top of the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Bake in preheated oven until bubbly, 20 to 30 minutes.

Enjoy!

-Katie

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day In Chicago, Illinois!

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up and weekend celebrations will start taking place on Saturday, March 14th in many cities, so start planning your trip today!

This St. Patrick’s Day, plan a road trip to Chicago, Illinois where they host big events, traditions and parades all weekend long. There are also many Red Roof Inns nearby that you can stay at during St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

  • First, experience the most famous event, watch Chicago turn their whole river green! Of course, only eco-friendly vegetable dye is used. This event will take place on Saturday at 10:45 am and the dye will last in the river for around 5 hours. This event has been a tradition for over 50 years. Time for you to come experience the tradition!
  • Next, check out the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the country in Downtown Chicago. The parade takes place at 12 pm on Saturday on Grant Park along Columbus Drive, from Balbo to Monroe Drive and is around 3 hours long. See step dancers, colorful floats, bag pipers and more!
  • Take a St. Patrick’s Day Cruise where you get to cruise the green waters of the Chicago River while enjoying an Irish buffet, music and dancing.
  • Chicago also has a ton of Irish Pubs to offer. Click here for a list of some of the best Irish Pubs.

Looking for other places to visit during St. Patrick’s Day? Click here to check out a list of great places with rich Irish heritage or big events that take place during the holiday with budget-friendly Red Roof Inns nearby! Get more out of your St. Patrick’s Day experience by staying with us!

Safe travels!

-Katie

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Pet Travel Tips

When traveling with your pet, it is very important to plan ahead to keep you and your best friend safe and comfortable on the road. Here are some helpful tips to follow that will make your travel experience a great one:

What to Bring:pet traveling

  • Pet carrier
  • Food
  • Water
  • Bowls for food and water
  • Leash or harness
  • Collar with tags
  • Baggies for cleanup
  • Bedding
  • Toys
  • Litter and litter box if traveling with your cat
  • Medical records

Helpful Tips:

  • Ensure your pet has a proper collar with up-to-date contact information.
  • Consider a first-aid kit with tweezers, gauze and antiseptic.
  • Keep a health certificate and photo of your pet with you while traveling.
  • Use a travel carrier or harness. It’s safest for your animal to be in a pet carrier or wearing a secured harness when traveling. Many pet-supply retails sell seat belt adapters, car seats and cargo barriers.
  • Never leave your pet in the car unattended.
  • Have frequent pit stops for exercise and bathroom breaks.

Remember when traveling, if you need a place to stay for the night, Red Roof Inn is a pet friendly hotel where we consider your pet part of the family and they always stay free! Don’t forget to save 15% during the month of February on your stay with us and to enter in our SPOTlight on Pet Travel Sweepstakes!

Safe travels to you and your pet!

-Katie

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Celebrating Our Pet Travelers

At Red Roof Inn, we love pets and they always stay free! This month, as we celebrate our pet travelers, we have been asking our guests to upload pictures of their furry companion on spotredroof.com. We have been getting a ton of great photos of adorable pets! Here are the top 16 pictures from our guests that really made us smile! puppieskitties.jpg

To view more, go to spotredroof.com! Don’t forget to enter our sweepstakes while on the page! This month, pet travelers can also receive a discount of 15% when booking. Click Here to find out more.

Safe travels to you and your pet!

-Katie

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SPOTLight on Pet Travel

Growing up, one of my favorite Disney films was the 101 Dalmatians movie. As a dog lover, the movie made me want a Dalmatian puppy. I remember when I was home sick from school one day back in elementary school, I just popped the tape right into the VCR and watched 101 Dalmatians two times in a row.

Today, we are excited to announce our partnership with Walt Disney Studios to promote for the first time the release of 101 Dalmatians on Disney Diamond Edition copy! We are celebrating this partnership with our guests and their pets through a “SPOTlight on Pet Travel” Sweepstakes!

From February 1-28, 2015 receive a discount of 15% off when booking your stay at any Red Roof Inn nationwide. Click here for details! 

We also will be running a SPOTlight on Pet Travel Sweepstakes!

 CLICK HERE TO ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN:

  • 101 dal dvdA Grand prize of the 101 Dalmatians Diamond Edition and ten room nights on us at any Red Roof nationwide!
  • A first place prize of $250 Pet Store Gift Card.
  • Second place prizes of the 101 Dalmatians.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Open to legal residents of the 50 U. S. states and  District of Columbia, 18 and older. Limit one entry per email per day.  Ends 2/28/15. Void in P.R. and where prohibited. For Official Rules & details, visit www.spotredroof.com

Remember, at Red Roof Inn, pets always stay free!

Safe travels!

Katie

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Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Valentine’s Day is coming up! Reservations need to be made and the date needs to be planned. For those of you who need help planning the perfect date night for you and your Valentine, you have come to the right place! Here is a list of ideas for you and your valentine to do together:

  1. Make a romantic dinner- Have a picnic in front of your fireplace or set a nice table with candles. Make sure to have wine, chocolate, champagne and roses to make the evening even more romantic. If you happen to be in a state where it is warm outside, make the picnic outside in a park and do dessert under the stars!
  2. Make a reservation at a nice restaurant- Maybe take her to the place where you had your first date to make it even more special or try something new and make reservations at a ‘Dine in the Dark’ restaurant. It will be an experience you won’t forget!
  3. Hotel Getaway- Change up your surroundings and do a little getaway at a hotel. Leave the stress of home and have the excitement of a new location! Get more out of your Valentine’s Day by staying at Red Roof Inn! Save on the room and with the money you save, use it on food, drinks, gifts or activities!
  4. Attend a dance class- Learn salsa dancing, ball room dancing or the fox trot!
  5. Attend a couples cooking class- Learn to make a gourmet meal together. It’s a fun activity that that you can always use together in the future!
  6. Star gazing- Bundle up in blankets and maybe bring a bottle of champagne with you. If it’s too cold outside, go to a local planetarium.
  7. Go on a ski trip- Ski lifts are always a great place to talk and take in a great view of the area. After a day of skiing, curl up in front of the fireplace for a romantic night.
  8. Ice skating- Ice skating is always a fun activity to do with your date! It is a great place to talk, race and skate around holding hands! Grab hot chocolate afterward to warm up!
  9. Make personalized gifts for each other- Create a scrapbook of your time together, a personalized love letter or poem. Make a photo album or a play list for your loved one. These are always the most touching gifts. Most of all, make your own card! It means more when it is from the heart and you take the time to make something.
  10. Wine tasting- Go to a local winery for some wine and cheese tasting. If you are not into wine, then look up local beer tastings.
  11. Create a treasure hunt for your partner- Incorporate places you went to when you first started dating, inside jokes, or places that are important to both of you. Create a poem/hint at each of the places that will lead them to the next place and leave a little gift like a flower or chocolates at each place.
  12. Take a horse and carriage ride- Bundle up in a blanket with some hot chocolate and have a romantic evening in a carriage.
  13. Couples pottery/painting- It is always a lot of fun to make something together with your partner that you can keep forever. Reserve a Wine and Paint Night or go to a pottery place where you can paint on mugs, bowls, jewelry boxes etc.

Red Roof Inn wishes everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day!

-Katie

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Attractions around Glendale, Arizona to visit during the Super Bowl!

Whether you’re a Seattle Seahawks fan or a New England Patriots fan, you can both enjoy your time and travel in Glendale, Arizona! Make a vacation of your stay- don’t just attend the NFL Super Bowl, see all the attractions surrounding the area! Here are some great attractions to check out around Glendale:

  • Gila River Arena (formerly known as the Jobing.com Arena)- Enjoy a hockey game, a concert, or some other form of entertainment at the arena!
  • Camelback Ranch- Visit this stadium in Phoenix, Arizona, known for being the spring training homes of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox!
  • Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix- Enjoy the largest theme park in the state of Arizona! Ride the water slides and relax in the lazy river or wave pool! (Opens in March, so plan on going here next time you visit!)
  • Luke Air Force Base- Visit the world’s largest fighter-pilot training facility! The base is home to more than 300 aircraft, and many of its 8,000 personnel can be seen zipping through the sky daily.
  • Challenger Space Center- Experience simulated space flight missions, space camps, an indoor planetarium, and more at this museum! Fun for the whole family!
  • Hot Air Expeditions, Inc.-  Hot air balloon rides over the beautiful Arizona desert!
  • Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium & Safari Park- Visit Arizona’s largest collection of exotic animals at this zoo with over 6,000 individual animals representing more than 600 exotic and endangered species-You can also feed the giraffes at this zoo!
  • Cerreta Candy Company- Buy some delicious candies or go on a tour of this family-owned candy factory and see how caramel becomes wrapped into tasty treats as well as learn how cream centers are enclosed in chocolate.
  • Glendale Xeriscape Botanical GardenA beautiful garden with 1,000 varieties of desert plants on 4 acres. Open every day with no charge!
  • Glendale Chocolate Affaire-Chocoholics will love this super-sweet Glendale, Arizona free event held on January 30-31 at Murphy Park in Downtown Historic Glendale. Chocolate purveyors from Arizona and around the nation will gather at the festival celebrating not only chocolate, but romance and the arts as well.

Hiking Trails and Tours

  • Thunderbird Conservation Park- A park dedicated to the conservation of the desert area with a series of trails that spans around 20 miles. Enjoy hiking, horseback riding, bird watching and biking.
  • Grand Canal Linear Park- Enjoy walking, horseback riding or biking on this 3.25-mile long linear trail that runs along the Grand Canal.
  • Desert Voyagers Guided River Trips- Kayaking, rafting and stand-up paddle board guided tours.
  • White Tank Mountain Regional Park21 miles of beautiful hiking and biking trails at all levels of difficulty-make sure to check out the Waterfall Trail!
  • Arizona Scenic Tours- Custom guided personalized day trips and multiple excursions throughout Arizona to all of the best destinations including the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Prescott, Tombstone, Phoenix area. Enjoy Winery tours, jeep tours, horseback riding, lake cruises and more!

Looking for a place to tailgate before, during or after the game? Check out these top sports bars near Glendale, Arizona and the University of Phoenix Stadium!

Flying out of Seattle to get to or from Glendale by chance? Our Red Roof Inn Seattle Airport – SEATAC has a great park and fly offer, going to or coming home from the game!

We also still have some rooms available at our Arizona properties near the stadium! The 3 properties include Inn #250, #261 and #265! Book now as the rooms are filling up fast!

Safe travels!

Katie

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