Celebrate 2017 at one of these top NYE celebration locations

Start out 2017 with a bang at one of the following top cities to celebrate New Years Eve in! Make sure to stay at a nearby Red Roof to get the most out of your New Years Celebration Experience.

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  1. NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Head to Times Square and see the ball drop!
  2. LOS ANGELES, CA – In LA, attend huge street parties, black tie affairs, all night clubbing or the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood for a light show, a balloon drop and confetti blast!
  3. CHICAGO, IL – Enjoy the celebrations at Navy Pier, watch the fireworks over Lake Michigan, or attend The Chicago Resolution Gala!
  4. LAS VEGAS, NEVADA  – The entire Vegas strip is shut down to all traffic and transforms into one giant block party. Attend casinos and clubs for the hottest entertainment!
  5. NEW ORLEANS – Experience the all night music, firework display and a giant fleur de lis descend from a 25 ft. pole at midnight in Jackson Square!
  6. NASHVILLE, TN – Attend Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville! Ft Keith Urban and more!

Safe travels, happy adventures and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

-Katie

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Must See Christmas Parades, Historic Village Christmas Events and Holiday Runs!

This December, Red Roof is celebrating 31 days of holiday travel by providing a fun travel tip, activity, event or just a popular city to visit during the holiday season. Each day, you can find the different activity posted on our homepage of redroof.com. Throughout this month, I will also be capturing a few of our events into my weekly blog posts.

This post, I will be writing about must-see holiday parades, historic village events and holiday runs that you don’t want to miss. These events are perfect for a little winter getaway and they are fun to attend for the whole family!

Christmas Parades: You can find many fun holiday themed parades that take place in December including the following:

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Historic Village Christmas Events can be found throughout many small towns, including some of the following:

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Winter Holiday Runs: Whether running for hot chocolate or dressed in a Santa costume, these are runs you will actually enjoy!

Stay tuned for more events to follow.

Safe travels, happy adventures and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

-Katie

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Introducing Red Roof PLUS+ Birmingham East – Irondale

Experience the all new Red Roof PLUS+ Birmingham East – Irondale, an enhanced experience with all new rooms and our most requested higher-end amenities. A completely remodeled and upgraded stay to our three-story, exterior-corridor hotel that has 70 spacious rooms with vinyl plank flooring and a vessel sink. Free Coffee in the lobby will spur your adventure when visiting the many nearby attractions like Birmingham Botanical Gardens, the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, Meyer Planetarium, the Birmingham Zoo and more! Make sure to Stay with us and visit the must see attractions below:

  • Irondale, AL (0.5 mi away from our hotel) is a connected, vibrant community. Experience Mother Nature, shop at the boutiques and antique shops, enjoy good down-home soul food.
  • The Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (8.2 mi away) is Alabama’s entertainment and meeting destination. Upcoming events include Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker December 3 and more.
  • Eternal Word Television Network is down the road, 2 mi away – watch live, listen live, or visit EWTN during your stay here. They are the largest religious media network in the world.
  • The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame (8.2 mi away) has over 5,000 sports artifacts on display, from BIG names like Jesse Owens, Hank Aaron, Joe Louis, Willie Mays, and Carl Lewis.
  • In need of a shopping spree during your stay in Irondale? Visit Eastwood Shopping Plaza (1.7 mi away) or Brookwood Village Mall (12.8 mi away).
  • The Birmingham Zoo is Alabama’s must-see attraction. Approximately 950 animals of 230 species call the 122-acre Birmingham Zoo home, including sea lions, rhinos and endangered species from six continents.
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham is just 11 miles away. Visit a family member, a friend or just explore the campus!
  • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (8.9 mi) is a large interpretive museum that depicts the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement in the 50s and 60s. Explore our common past, learn about civil and human rights, and build a better future.
  • Alabama’s largest living museum, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, has more than 12,000 different plants (6.4 mi away).
  • Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens (11.2 mi) is a former plantation house with 6 acres of landscaped gardens, as well as a museum.
  • Barber Vintage Motor Sports Park features Chump Car World Series December 10-11. Visit the Barber Museum while you’re here!
  • Southern Museum of Flight (4.8 mi) is dedicated to presenting civilian, military, and experimental aircraft and memorabilia from the earliest history of powered flight.
  • Birmingham Museum of Art is 8.2 miles away.
  • Traveling solo or with family & friends? These restaurants have you covered: Whistle Stop Cafe, 0.6 mi; Hamburger Heaven, 0.7 mi; Golden Rule BBQ of Irondale, Villa Fiesta Mexican Restaurant, 0.9 mi; IHOP, Hacienda Mexican Grill, Burger King, Olive Garden and Chick-Fil-A, 1 mi away. Stay with us! 

With so much to do and see, it is best to start your day with a hearty breakfast! We serve a continental breakfast from 6am-9am featuring waffles, biscuits, gravy, oatmeal, scrambled eggs, and much more! Premium Rooms with breakfast and a snack ready in your room. Enjoy free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, and a pet-friendly atmosphere. Book now!

Safe travels and happy adventures!

-Katie

 

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Giving Thanks

As this is the week of Thanksgiving, it is the perfect week to give back to your community and be thankful for all that you have in your life.

A couple weeks ago, Red Roof went to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank to give back to the community. and to participate in our annual Canstruction contest.

Our theme this year for the Canstruction was Ohio Cities. We had 5 sculptures. In first place was the Cleveland themed Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Sculpture. The 4 runner ups consisted of the Y Bridge in Zainsville, a Columbus themed downtown and Plane Sculpture representing the Wright Brothers, the Cincinnati Stadium and an Akron Ohio themed sculpture.

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In total, we ended up donating 1,867 lbs of canned goods. Thank you to all who participated and to Mid-Ohio Food Bank for hosting our contest.

Wishing everyone a safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving week.

-Red Roof Inn

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OH-IO! Experience our Columbus-OSU property!

Our Ohio State Columbus location is the perfect place to go for a game day experience. Whether it is football at The Shoe or basketball at the Schottenstein Center or just exploring the Ohio State Campus, out location is just a short drive or walk away.

Football season is in full swing and the Ohio State Buckeyes are a force to be reckoned with! The Ohio State Buckeyes football team has won 8 national championships and 37 conference championships, 3 division championships, 10 undefeated seasons. Plus, you can’t miss TBDBITL! Experience the passionate tail gating before the game and the electric crowd and cheering to be heard for miles, this is a team everyone should experience sometime in their life! Not to mention it is just 1.6 miles away from our location!

The Schottenstein Center, also known as the Value City Arena/The Schott  is not only great for attending basketball games, but they also host concerts, comedy shows, family entertainment and more! Upcoming must see events include Winter Jame 2017 on January 21. Just walking distance away!

Visiting your son or daughter at OSU? We’re only 1.5 miles away! Don’t waste any time on the commute, and don’t spend any more than you have to. While on campus, make sure to check out the William Oxley Thompson Library.

but that’s not all, our property is also close to…

  • The Ohio Expo Center and State Fair is less than 3 miles away. Check the year round events like the Color me Scarlet and Gray 5 K on November 20 and Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival November 25-January 2.
  • Only 5.5 miles from our hotel, Downtown Columbus, the Arena District, Short North, German Village and Brewery District have so much to offer! Local shopping & boutiques, top-notch dining & bars, live entertainment, sports, and more.
  • Guests have easy access to the 18-mile Olentangy Trail for biking, walking, or running. For dog lovers, there is an off-leash park for early morning or evening runs at Reed Road Park.
  • Celebrate the season with the magic of holiday lights, music and some holiday spirit. Come and experience Wildlights at The Columbus Zoo (November 18th – January 1st). One of the best holiday lights shows in the country. You can also watch the animals or attend the keeper talks. The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium is home to more than 7,000 animals and is an easy 14-mile drive away.
  • Catch one of the most electric holiday favorites of all time. The tradition and rock fueled fun of Trans-Siberian Orchestra comes to Nationwide Arena, December 29th. Enjoy this legendary show and make memories this holiday season.
  • Enjoy a holiday tradition with the whole family. Stay Close to the New Albany Children’s Ballet’s fantastic performance of the holiday classic ‘The Nutcracker’ at The Ohio Theater, December 9th – 24th.
  • Experience the vibrancy of Columbus with urban dining, arts and attractions such as the Columbus Museum of ArtCOSI Columbus & the Franklin Park Conservatory.
  • Known as the “Official Theatre of the State of Ohio“, the historic 1928 movie palace has been completely restored. The breathtaking details (including the 21 foot high chandelier!) and opulent Spanish-Baroque architecture and design make any night out at the Ohio an event to remember. See the Schedule, it’s worth a visit. Only 6 miles away from us.

Experience the most out of your Columbus travel experience by staying at the budget friendly and pet friendly Red Roof PLUS+ Columbus – OSU property! Enjoy the firepit on the lawn, perfect on those chilly fall nights with a drink on hand and enjoy the NEW rooms at this 100% Smoke-Free hotel! Modern design flooring, a large, flat-screen TV, free Wifi, new furniture, spa-inspired bathrooms with modern vessel sinks, new comfy Rest Suite beds by Serta, plush high-end bedding and more! Book your stay now!

Safe travels and happy adventures!

-Katie

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Experience Louisville!

Louisville is a fantastic city to visit, from authentic southern cuisines, to one of a kind attractions like the world’s only Urban Bourbon Trail, the legendary Churchill Downs, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, and the Muhammad Ali Center. Louisville is a city for everyone!

Visiting and experiencing all the best there is to do around Louisville is also super easy when staying at the Newly Renovated Red Roof inn Louisville Expo AirportRed Roof Inn Louisiville Fair and Expo, or Red Roof Inn Louisville East-Hurstbourne. Not only are all 3 budget-friendly hotels where pets stay free, but all locations are nearby the Kentucky Exposition Center where tons of amazing and fun events take place daily and also nearby the Louisville International Airport, making all 3 easy locations to stay at when traveling.

All 3 hotels do not break the bank so you can experience more of Louisville, like these must-see nearby attractions and events:

  • The Kentucky Exposition Center – Features new events daily! Make sure to check their event calendar! Upcoming events include:
    • The North American International Livestock Expo 11/1-11/7
    • North American Championship Rodeo 11/10-11/12
    • Discover the Dinosaurs, Unleashed! 12/6-12/8
    • Christmas Gift & Decor Show 12/9-12/11
    • Kenny Woods Gun and Knife Show 12/31.
  • The Churchill Downs – Come out and enjoy some horse racing! Come for the Churchill Downs Fall Meet beginning October 30 until November 27. Image result for louisville zoo baby gorilla
  • The Louisville Zoo – Come visit your favorite animals, ride the carousel and Zoo train, play on the ropes course, and PET the animals! Make sure to also visit the new baby Gorilla!
  • Urban Bourbon Trail– The world’s only, city-wide trail filled with award-winning micro-distilleries, exhibits and craft cocktail destinations. Get your Urban Bourbon Trail Passport and begin the journey!
  • Louisville Mega Cavern  – Take a tour on the Mega Zips or challenge yourself to the Mega Quest! It’ll be a travel memory you won’t forget!
  • Downtown Louisville– Drive into the city! Explore all the galleries, boutiques, restaurants, entertainment and more of Louisville, Kentucky!
  • KFC Yum! Center– Home of the Louisville Cardinals men basketball team, this sports arena offers sport, concert, and entertainment events always happening. Check out a Cardinals game or another event on the calendar. Upcoming events include:
    • Weekly Cardinals Basketball Games
    • 11/12 – Louisville Music Festival
    • 12/20 – The Kanye West “The Saint Pablo Tour”
    • 1/13 –  Harlem Globetrotters 2017 World Tour
  • Museums– Head over to the Kentucky Derby Museum for history of the derby, Louisville Slugger Museum for baseball fans, Fraizer History Museum for historical artifacts, & Waterworks Museum for science lovers.
  • Colleges & Universities: Nearby Colleges and Universities include University of LouisvilleSullivan University, or Bellarmine College.

Remember, our 100% smoke-free Red Roof inn Louisville Expo AirportRed Roof Inn Lousville Fair and Expo or Red Roof Inn Louisville East-Hurstbourne makes for great locations to stay at when planning your getaway to Louisville. All rooms 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. On your way out experience our free coffeehouse-style coffee and tea in the lobby.

Safe travels and happy adventures!

-Katie

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VETERAN WEEKEND GETAWAY SOCIAL MEDIA CONTEST

This November, Red Roof is honoring all of our veterans with not only a 15% discount, but with a weekend getaway contest!

Share a photo and a story with us on social media at @redroofinn of a veteran you would like to honor for a chance to have your nominated vet win a weekend getaway!

Prizes: There will be 4 prize packs. The prize pack includes 2 VIP passes for free nights at any Red Roof nationwide and a $250 travel gift card.

Here’s how you enter:
1. Follow @redroofinn
2. Share the photo and story of your nominated veteran on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag @redroofinn in the post
3. Winner will be chosen at random and announced on or around November 30th.

Dates: November 1 – 29th, 2016

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Introducing our Newest PLUS+ Location Red Roof PLUS+ Nashville North – Goodlettesville

Nashville tops the charts as the music capitol, food destinations, best places to visit and more, making it one of the best destinations to plan a getaway too. To make your travel experience even better, we have just opened a new PLUS+ right near all the best attractions; Red Roof PLUS+ Nashville North – Goodlettesville.

This pet friendly, family friendly hotel offers Free WiFi and is close to Vanderbilt University, Tennessee State University, the Tennessee Titans training camp, the Grand Ole Opry, Music City, Ryman Auditorium, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Bridgestone Arena. Located 13.6 miles northeast of downtown Nashville!

  • The Grand Ole Opry (13 miles), the show that made country famous, is a weekly country-music stage concert that, unlike typical concerts, presents 8 or more singers a night. See the calendar of events here.
  • Fantastic Dining: Cracker Barrel, Blue Sky, Chef’s Market, Mexican, Arby’s, Kabuto, and Waffle House (walking distance); Rice box and fast food restaurants (0.5 mi). Longhorn, Rafferty’s, Red Lobster, Chilli’s (1 mi). Click here for the best local dining spots!
  • General Jackson Showboat (13 miles), America’s most entertaining cruises, features live country entertainment, great dining & more. Plan your tour or cruise today along the Cumberland River.
  • Football season is here! Traveling to Nashville to cheer on the Tennessee Titans during a home football game at Nissan Stadium? Click here for the 2016 Titans football schedule.
  • Moss Wright Park (2 miles) is the largest park in Goodlettsville and offers trails, picnic tables, playgrounds, a dog park, athletic fields and more.
  • Riverfront Park (14 miles) offers an amphitheater, boat dock, a replica of Fort Nashborough, and many other historic statues along the river.
  • Drakes Creek Park (12 miles) offers athletic fields, playgrounds, 2 miles of trails and picnic areas.
  • For concerts, sporting events, family entertainment and more, check out Bridgestone Arena (14.4 miles) or Nissan Stadium (13.4 miles), home of the Tennessee Titans.
  • For business conventions, special events and great dining, check out Convention Center Gaylord Opryland Resort (12 miles).
  • Visit a family member, explore the campus, check out a sporting event and more at Tennessee State University. Just 15.2 miles away from Red Roof PLUS+ Nashville North – Goodlettsville.
  • Check out Opry Mills (13 miles), Tennessee’s largest outlet and retail destination with over 200 shops, Rivergate Mall (2 miles) and more. For a list of all the shopping locations, click here.
  • Historic Mansker’s Station houses a reproduction 1779 log station and Bowen Plantation House, the longest standing brick structure in Middle Tennessee. Mansker’s Station is just 1.2 miles away from us. Plan your trip today and book now!

Add more WOW to your stay at the budget friendly Red Roof PLUS+ Nashville North – Goodlettesville. This Red Roof PLUS+ hotel features Premium Rooms with breakfast and a snack ready in your room! Our Superior and Deluxe rooms feature ironing boards, hair dryers, in-room coffee and tea makers, and microwaves & refrigerators.

Our hotel also features exterior corridors, free parking & a coin laundry on site. Our guests are invited to work out with a wide variety of equipment, free of charge, at the fitness facility located just next door to the hotel.

All guest rooms feature free Wi-fi and free TV channels, including 3 HBO channels. Experience our coffeehouse-style coffee and tea in the lobby. We welcome you to Red Roof PLUS+ Nashville North in Goodlettsville. Book now!

Safe travels and happy adventures!

-Katie

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Travel for Baseball

We have a few big baseball games coming up, the playoff games and The Series! When traveling for sports, it is best to get the most out of your sporting event experience by staying at a budget friendly Red Roof Inn. With the money you save, you can treat yourself to snacks, drinks, t-shirts, souvenirs and more during the games or make it a whole vacation and experience the city. We have plenty of locations right nearby the action!

Chicago Playoff games Oct 22 & 23 at home at Wrigley Field:

The Chicago Cubs have clinched the National League Central division title for the first time since 2008! Postseason Playoff Games 6 & 7 are at home Oct 22 & 23! Cheer them on at Wrigley Field!

Cleveland Series (head to “The Series” Oct 25, 26,  Nov 1*, 2*   *if necessary):

Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, is very close to 4 of our locations. Cheer on your Indians in the baseball championship series! Home games are Oct 25 & 26, and Nov 1 & 2 if needed! See if Cleveland can take home another championship!

Safe travels, happy adventures and PLAY BALL!

-Katie

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31 days of Halloween

October is the perfect month for scary movie lovers and movie buffs. Not only are the great Halloween scary movie classics played on many channels, but even movie theaters bring them back and sell cheap tickets to see one of your favorite classic horror films played on the big screen. Make sure to check out SyFy, ABC and Disney Channel when searching at night for a great scary movie during the month of October.

Here is a list of my top 10 favorite Halloween/scary movies to watch during this season:

  1. All of the Scream movies
  2. Halloween Town
  3. Scary Movie 3
  4. Hocus Pocus
  5. All of the Harry Potters
  6. All of the Paranormal Activities
  7. 28 days later and 28 weeks later
  8. Night of the Living Dead
  9. The Conjuring
  10. The Mummy

Sometimes after a long day of travel, it is great to relax and watch a movie. Red Roof PLUS+ properties provide NextGen® flat screen TV’s, Rest Suite beds by Serta® and an in-room microwave providing the perfect atmosphere for popcorn and a movie.

Safe travels, happy adventures, and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

-Katie

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