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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Top Columbus, Ohio Attractions

Columbus, Ohio is a great city that is filled with many great dining places, entertainment, sports, shopping and so much more . There are so many great things to do and see around Columbus that you can never get bored! Here are 11 top things to do and see in Columbus, Ohio:

  1. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium- Not only are they the number 1 zoo, but they also have a great, new African exhibit where you can feed the giraffes and a polar bear exhibit where you can go underground and watch the bears swim. During December, they have amazing Christmas lights strung up all around the Zoo and a cool light show. During the summer, ride one of the many water slides at the water park, Zoombezi Bay,  or relax in the lazy river.
  2. Ohio State University- Catch a Buckeye game or concert at The Shoe or the Schottenstein Center. You don’t want to miss the 2-day Buckeye Country Super Fest this summer on June 20-21 at the Ohio Stadium where the biggest stars in Country music are going to perform! When walking around the campus, make sure to see the The Oval, The Ohio Union, the 11-story Thompson library, or the RPAC. Experience the atmosphere and participate in a festive tailgate before a game. Not to mention that the Bucks are now National Champions!
  3. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream- This awesome ice cream shop is a Columbus, Ohio start up! You can get unusual and unique flavors here and it is absolutely delicious! Try the salty caramel or the pistachio & honey flavor. If you can’t decide on the flavor, just sample them all!
  4. Easton Town Center- There are many great malls around Columbus, but one of the best and biggest malls here is the Easton Town Center! Easton is a huge shopping center with an indoor mall area and outside outlets all around. They have a movie theater inside and a comedy restaurant called The Funny Bone. They have delicious restaurants all around, like Abuelo’s, where they are known for their fajitas for two. During Valentine’s Day at Easton, they have horse and carriage rides. At night, their outside shopping area is all lit up in lights and there is a beautiful fountain in the center of it all.
  5. Columbus Clippers Games- During baseball season, it is always a great time to go to the Huntington Park for a Clippers game with all your friends, especially during Dime-a-Dog night or Buck-a-Bone night!
  6. Arena District- The Arena District has many fun things to do and see. Catch a Blue Jackets games at the Nationwide Arena. You don’t want to miss the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game that takes place at the Nationwide Arena on January 24th! During the week of the All-Star Game, they also have a ton of activities like ice skating, a gigantic snow slide, and a fair! They also have great restaurants and bars around the area, like Buca di Beppo, an Italian restaurant where huge, family style dishes are shared and where there are many different and unique dining rooms inside. After a game, stop by The Big Bang Bar: Dueling Pianos, where you get to listen to two piano players sing and play great music while people sing and dance along.
  7. Downtown / Short North- Overall, the Downtown/Short North area is a great place to shop and dine. Take a stroll along the beautiful Scioto Mile, where they have many festivals during the summer, like the Columbus Arts Festival. Check out the North Market, where there are places to eat from all around the world and where they also host many festivals and activities during the summer, like a beer and wine tasting fest and Drive-In movies. Also, catch a play/musical at the Ohio Theater or the Palace Theater.
  8. COSI- A great family place to go is the COSI science center. It is a fun and interactive science museum where they have games and activities that help you learn. Some of their exhibits include a life and human body exhibit, a space exhibit and an ocean life exhibit. They also, however, hold a 21 and up event every month called COSI after Dark where they have bars on each floor. You don’t want to miss the star show in the planetarium or a National Geographic movie on the big IMAX screen.
  9. Ohio State Fairgrounds / The Columbus Crew- During the summer, the Ohio State Fairgrounds hosts the Ohio State Fair where there is great food, entertainment, animals, rides, shopping, art and so much more. They also host a variety of events throughout the year at the Expo Center. The fairgrounds are right next to the Columbus Crew Stadium where you can watch the Columbus Crew dominate in soccer or catch a concert, which is sometimes held there.
  10. German Village – This is a nice area to walk around or grab a bite to eat! Definitely check out The Thurman Cafe, which was on Man v. Food! They have amazing and huge burgers. If you are a burger lover, then you definitely have to try this place.
  11. Hollywood Casino Columbus- The largest, Vegas style casino in Columbus! You can test your luck and win big here!

There are also many Red Roof Inn‘s in and around Columbus! Get more out of your travel experience by staying with us. Not to mention, this is where our corporate headquarters are.

Safe travels!

Katie

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Explore Arlington, Texas during the National Championship!

If you’re traveling to Arlington, Texas for the 2015 National Championships game at the AT&T Stadium, and whether you’re an Ohio State Buckeye fan or an Oregon Duck fan, make the most out of your trip and explore Arlington! Make it a week-long event!

Stay at Red Roof Inn to get the most out of your travel experience. Red Roof Inn Dallas – DFW Airport North is only 16.8 miles away from the stadium!

Here are some things that you can do around Arlington:

  • Check out the Planetarium at the University of Texas at Arlington for some awesome stargazing. While there, you can also explore the campus.
  • Explore paintings, sculptures and the history of art at the Arlington Museum of Art.
  • Visit the Dallas Zoo, the oldest and largest zoological park in Texas! Make sure to feed the giraffes at the Giants of the Savanna exhibit while you are there! Best of all, during January and February, admission is only $5!
  • For an African safari experience, visit the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center for a scenic wildlife drive. You can interact with over 1,100 rare and endangered animals roaming free in their herds while there!
  • If you love Aquariums, you won’t want to miss the Dallas/Sea Life Aquarium! They have an amazing 360° underwater Ocean Tunnel, 4 rescued sea turtles, an awesome shark exhibit and so much more.
  • Visit the International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame for the history of bowling! See how bowling balls & pins are made and also play on a fully functioning small-ball bowling lane.
  • Finally, take a ride on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad. You get to ride in an authentic Victorian-style coach along the historic Cotton Belt Route between Downtown Grapevine and the Fort Worth Stockyards.

Most importantly, plan a whole day and night to tailgate activities and after parties on the 12th during the football game! Click Here for a list of Sports Bars around the AT&T Stadium.

Safe travels and go Bucks!

-Katie

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Meet Louie, My New Kitten

My favorite Christmas present I got this year was my new kitten named Louie. As a major animal lover, I have always wanted my very own pet and I finally have one! Louie is 3 months old and I absolutely love him! He loves to play and he especially loves to cuddle in my lap. I love knowing that if I ever have to travel, I can bring Louie along when I stay at Red Roof Inn with no extra charge!

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Here are some fun facts about cats I got off of Cat Time:

  1. The average cat sleeps 16-18 hours per day. (No wonder Louie loves cuddling in my lap most of the day!)
  2. Most cats are lactose intolerant and should not be given cow’s milk.
  3. A male cat is called a “Tom” and a female cat is called a “Queen.” (Louie is a Tom.)1419704639502
  4. Cats have more than 100 different vocal sounds. (Louie has a silent meow and a loud meow. He mostly wants food or attention when he meows.)
  5. Cats can run up to 30 miles per hour. (Louie runs this fast whenever there is a loud noise!)
  6. A cat can jump approximately seven times its height. (Right now, Louie can hardly jump up to my bed, but he is still growing!)
  7. A cat’s sense of smell is approximately 14 times greater than that of a human.
  8. Cats have five toes on each front paw, but only four toes on each back paw.
  9. Cats who fall five stories have a 90 percent survival rate.
  10. A cat’s whiskers aren’t just for show – they help cats detect objects and navigate in the dark, especially since cats cannot see in complete darkness, only at low light levels.
  11. Humans greet each other by shaking hands; cats greet one another by touching their noses together.

I hope everyone had a great Christmas just like I did and a great New Year’s! Make sure to follow the Red Roof dog, Mac, on twitter at @redroofmac.

-Katie

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