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Skip the beach and head to Pittsburgh for Spring Break!

This year, make spring break a unique vacation and head to Pittsburgh! This city is filled with all kinds of things to do from shopping, dining, dancing, theme parks and more!

Red Roof PLUS+ Pittsburgh East – Monroeville is just 14 miles east of downtown Pittsburgh, 2 miles from Monroeville Convention Center, Sri Venkateswara Temple, and Monroeville Mall. Pittsburgh Zoo, Kennywood Amusement Park and Sand Castles Water Park are only 11 miles away. Within seconds of shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Book now!

Other attractions are as follows:

  • One of the most dynamic major arts institutions in America, Carnegie Museum of Art features a broad spectrum of arts, from painting and sculpture to film and digital imagery. Less than 15 miles from our Monroeville property.
  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History’Dinosaurs in Their Time exhibit is the first in the world to feature scientifically accurate environments chronologically ordering the Age of Dinosaurs. Less than 15 minutes away from our property.
  • Come down to Heinz Field and watch the Steelers play in a home game or catch a live event like U2’s the Joshua Tree Tour 2017 on June 7th. Only 15.9 miles away!
  • Bring a date to Monster Mini Golf and watch them glow inside this indoor glow-in-the-dark 18 hole miniature golf course. Be mesmerized by a live DJ and hit the jackpot in the arcade! Less than 5 miles away!
  • Monroeville Convention Center is only 2.5 miles away from our hotel.
  • Satisfy your wild side with Pennsylvania’s Kennywood Amusement Park! With 30+ roller coasters and water rides, this attraction is less than 15 miles away.
  • Explore the Pittsburgh Zoo, located in Pennsylvania’s Highland Park, with its vast variety of animals and its state-of-the-arts aquarium. Only 13.8 miles away.
  • Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens – Begin your journey in the LEED®-certified Welcome Center before entering their exquisite 1893 glasshouse with ever-changing displays. Continue on to the Tropical Forest Conservatory and the Center for Sustainable Landscapes. Only 12 miles away!
  • Grab a bite to eat at home town favorites and great chains like Max & Erma’s (across the street), Outback Steakhouse (.2 miles), Gateway Grill (.2 miles), Primanti Brothers (1 mile), Rivertowne Pour House (1 mile) and Udipi Cafe’ (2.5 miles).
  • Stay close to campus during your visit at Red Roof Plus+ Pittsburgh East – Monroeville. A short drive from Carnegie Mellon University (13.6 miles), the University of Pittsburgh (13.7 miles), Duquesne University (13.9 miles) and Seton Hill University (19.9 miles).

With all there is to see and do in Pittsburgh, you are sure to have an exciting break! Make sure to get the most out of your travel experience by staying with budget friendly and pet friendly Red Roof PLUS+ Pittsburgh East Monroeville. Discover an enhanced experience with all new rooms, verified Wi-Fi and our most requested higher-end amenities. Enjoy a new boutique design, new furniture, Rest Suite beds by Serta, high-end bedding, modern flooring, and flat-screen TVs.  Book Now.

Safe travels and happy adventures!

-Katie

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Fun Fact Friday: Pets and PetMD

We continue to celebrate our pets month, which now is extended through March. To celebrate, here are some fun dog facts:

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1. Dogs chase their tails for many reasons: curiosity, exercise, anxiety, predatory instinct or, fleas! If your dog is chasing his tail excessively, talk with your vet.

2. Dalmatian puppies are pure white when they’re born and develop their spots as they grow older.  

3. Dogs do dream! Dogs and humans have the same type of slow wave sleep (SWS) and rapid eye movement (REM). During the REM stage dogs can dream. Twitching and paw movements that happen during their sleep are signs that your pet is dreaming.

4. Dogs have 3 eyelids! An upper lid, a lower lid and a nictitating membrane or “haw,” which helps keep the eye moist and protected.

5. Dogs do see in color! It’s a myth that dogs only see in black and white. In fact, it’s believed that dogs see primarily in blue, greenish-yellow, yellow and various shades of gray.

6. Dogs’ sense of hearing is more than ten times more acute than a human’s.

7. The Beatles song “A day in the Life” has an extra high-pitched whistle, audible only to dog, causing some dogs to howl. It was recorded by Paul McCartney for the enjoyment of his Shetland Sheepdog.

8. The longest lived dog was a 29-year-old Australian Cattle dog named Bluey, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

9. If never spayed or neutered, a female dog, her mate, and their puppies could produce over 66,000 dogs in 6 years!

10. It has been established that people who own pets live longer, have less stress, and have fewer heart attacks.

Facts found from PetFinder and FunnyFido.

Our team also has been continuing to use PetMD this month as well!

Our Digital Brand Content Manager uses it to keep her pup at a healthy weight:bingo

  • “When we rescued our dog Bingo, we were shocked to find him on the heavy side of the scale. We discovered petMD and its thorough nutrition guides helped us plan a balanced diet that’s right for his age and breed. He’s already lost ten pounds—and hasn’t lost any tail wags!”

Safe travels, happy adventures and HAPPY PETS MONTH!

-Katie

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You stay happy, Pets Stay FREE!

Our 15% discount for pet travelers has been extended through March! Make sure to take advantage of this discount for all of your travel needs, especially since kids and pets always stay free! Click here for more info.

Don’t forget, PetMD is a very helpful tool when traveling or just in general for any question you may have on your pet.

Our Digital Marketing Specialist uses it for any nutrition related questions for her pup named Tucker:

“Tucker is a yellow lab/husky mix and will be 3 years old this March! Tucker is my first furry four-legged child, tuckso as many other first time pet parents are, I was constantly overthinking everything when it comes to food, health, exercise, etc. for my pup. PetMD has helped me over the last few years in figuring out what is best for Tucker. The nutrition section is awesome! I am guilty of sharing human food with my pup every now and then and this section and others have several blogs and articles that make you aware of what foods are good for your dog and which ones are dangerous. Nutrition, food, health, diet & exercise – PetMD has it all the information for your pet to live a happy and healthy life.”

Safe travels and happy adventures!

-Katie

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Red Roof Loves pets!

Pet month is still in full swing! Pet travelers, do not forget to use your 15% discount this month, whether you’re traveling with your dog, cat, chinchilla – whoever your 4-legged best friend happens to be! Don’t forget that all pets stay free!

No matter the pet, petMD is there to help you out with all of your pet needs!

Our Digital Marketing Coordinator used PetMD for her cat whenever she had questions:snapchat-7338138840540447785

“My little kitten named Louie is 2 and a half years old! PetMD has been terrific for me throughout the couple years of Louie’s life so far. PetMD even helped me pick out Louie’s name as they have a large list of male cat names to choose from. PetMD’s symptom checker is great and super easy to use. You just click on what type of pet you have, click on the area where your pet is experiencing symptoms and choose from a wide list of symptoms your pet may have. This has been very helpful as it lets me know whether I should take Louie to a vet or if he is fine and I am just being too much of a worry wart. Thank you PetMD!”

CLICK HERE to ask petMD.

Safe travels and happy adventures!

-Katie

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Do you petMD?

This February is pets month at Red Roof! At Red Roof, we love pets and they always stay FREE! During February, rather than the year-round 10% off that we offer to our pet travelers, we are offering 15% off! Not only that, but we are also doing some fun pet related activities including an Instagram Contest.

#REDROOFLUVSPETS INSTAGRAM CONTEST:

  • Dates: Feb 1-22, 2017
  • Rules: Follow @redroofinn on Instagram and share a photo of your pet with #RedRoofLuvsPets in the post for a chance to win up to $200 in Visa Gift Cards and 3 free nights at Red Roof. Winners will be chosen at random and announced on or around February 25th, 2017. CLICK HERE for more info.

At Red Roof, we also recommend using PetMD with your pet when traveling or just in general. PetMD is the perfect site to find answers to all of your pet health, wellness, and basic needs.

As pet parents, we all experience those heart sinking moments of wondering “Is there something wrong with my pet?”, “Is my best friend sick?”, “Should I take my pet to the vet?”. It would all just be easier if your pet could talk!

Well, there is a way to answer all of those questions! PetMD is the perfect app and site to use, whether you are looking for symptoms, nutrition facts, pet blogs and basically, anything on any type of pet!

PetMD is pet parenting made easier. Their app allows you to get FREE, vet-qualified answers about your pet in less than 24 hours. Plus, browse PETMD’s wide range of popular pet topics, create personalized pet profiles and locate your nearest vet.

It is definitely something Red Roof recommends to all pet parents out there, especially when on the road! We love all pets and want them to be the healthiest and happiest that they can be. 🙂

Download the app here.

Safe travels and happy adventures!

-Katie

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Plan a Winter Getaway to Traverse City

Traverse City is a fantastic place to visit during the winter. Your stay in Traverse City is sure to be an experience that is purely unique and purely Michigan. This beautiful city is filled with all kinds of winter adventures from snowmobiling, skiing, snowboarding and more. When traveling to Traverse City, make sure to get the most out of your winter getaway by staying at our new, affordable an pet-friendly property, Red Roof Inn Traverse City.

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From the second you walk in to Red Roof Inn Traverse City you will be surrounded by fantastic amenities, great service and a clean, comfortable stay. Rest and relax, making yourself ready for the next day’s adventure. Book Your Stay.

Nearby attractions to our location includes:

  • Enjoy over a quarter mile of beach right on the Grand Traverse Bay at the Traverse City State Park (.5 miles), or check out another of Traverse City’s best beaches at East Bay Park (.5 miles).
  • Adventure and Relaxation await at the Grand Traverse Resort (5 miles). Enjoy Skiing in the winter and a round of golf when it’s warmer. Kick back and relax at the spa with massages, facials and more. Enjoy luxury without the price tag by staying close by at Red Roof.
  • Stay close to campus at Red Roof Inn Traverse City. Just around the corner from North Western Michigan College (1.5 miles). A stay at Red Roof makes sure you are well rested and ready for your campus tour, visit with friends or loved ones, or official meetings.
  • Take a tour of Traverse City’s fantastic Wineries, Micro-Breweries and Distilleries. Tour Black Star Farms Old Mission Winery and DistilleryChateau Chantal DistilleryForty Five North WineryShady Lane Cellars WineryMackinaw Brewing Company and North Peak Brewing Company. Just a selection of the many breweries, wineries and distilleries in and around Traverse City.
  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery and unique atmosphere of a Tour at King Orchard Cherry Farm. Learn more about the fruit, its health benefits and how it is grown. Great activities for the whole family, this is one tasty tour you aren’t likely to forget.
  • Grab a bite to eat at great spots like Red Messa Grill (Walking), Ruby Tuesday (0.2 miles), Bob Evans (0.4 miles), Dons Drive In (0.5 miles), Toms Super Market (1.7 miles), The Cottage (2.1 miles) and The Omelette Shoppe (2.7 miles).
  • Grab a great meal and feel good about it at the Grand Traverse Pie Company. With delicious treats and food for every appetite, the Grand Traverse Pie Company donates 100% percent of their profits to charity and all proceeds go to paying employees and charity.
  • Make your travel easy and stay only 3.2 miles from Cherry Capitol Airport at Red Roof Inn Traverse City. Rest comfortable and go through your travel rested and relaxed.
  • At Red Roof Inn Traverse City we know that your next office visit or procedure at Munson Medical Center (5 miles) can be stressful. Make sure your commute is easy and stay with Red Roof, only five miles from the Center.

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Remember, get the most out of you travel experience by staying with Red Roof Inn Traverse City. Enjoy a clean and comfortable room every time you stay with us and enjoy in room amenities like Free Wifi, In room coffee, flat screen TVs, updated rooms with hardwood floors and more.

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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Experience Rancho Cordova, CA!

Come for a visit to the heart of Northern California and explore the beautiful city of Rancho Cordova. History buffs, sports enthusiasts, arts & culture lovers – there’s something here for everyone. Enjoy all of the outdoor activities, things for the kids, and activities for the adults like exploring wine country.

History buffs have a variety of places to explore in Rancho Cordova:

If you enjoy the water, there is plenty to see and do:

Feeling adventurous?

Family friendly activities:

Whether you are a NBA fan or prefer college teams, Rancho Cordova has it all:

Traveling for a special occasion or with a group of friends?

No matter if you are traveling with the family, friends or even solo you will find something in Rancho Cordova that you enjoy. During your trip, stay with Red Roof Inn Rancho Cordova – Sacramento. Our property is newly renovated and offers 100% smoke-free rooms, an outdoor unheated pool, a fitness facility onsite, free WiFi, and don’t forget pets stay free with Red Roof.

Safe travels and happy adventures!

-Katie

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Experience Augusta, Georgia

Visit one of Georgia’s oldest cities and the Garden City for a fun, relaxing getaway. Augusta is filled with Southern charm and city funarts  and cultureshopping and fine cuisine. Red Roof Inn Augusta West is the perfect place to stay while on vacation. This affordable and pet friendly hotel has amenities and comfort that don’t just stop inside your room. Enjoy our beautiful pool and delicious continental breakfast. From our Suites to our Standard, Red Roof Inn & Suites Augusta West have rooms filled with top amenities like free WiFi, flat screen TVs and In room microwaves. Beyond that you can expect and clean and comfortable stay every time. Book Now.

  • Visit Funsville Amusement Park /Adventure Crossing (0.7 miles) on your family fun day. Get all of the thrills and excitement of amusement park fun.
  • Visit Carolina Moon Distillery. Bringing you fresh homemade moonshine & spirits distilled with local grain and ingredients. Unique flavors include ‘Rabbit Spit’, Blueberry, Black Betty Whiskey and May Lady Aged Rum.
  • Bringing the best in Expos, live music & entertainment to the Augusta area, the Augusta Entertainment Complex (11.6 mi) will be hosting T.I. (9/24) and I Love the 90’s (10/6).
  • One of the premier golf courses of the world, the Augusta National Golf Course (7.2 miles) has been the home of the PGA Tour‘s Masters Tournament since 1934. Play a round on one of the most sacred courses in the game.
  • Enjoy the great food at Cracker Barrel (Walking), Chili’s (4 miles), Cooker (4 miles), Don Pablo’s (4 miles), Logan’s Roadhouse (4 miles), Macaroni Grill (4 miles), Super Salad (4 miles) and Tony Rama’s (4 miles) during your stay.
  • The Augusta Convention Center(12.2 miles) brings top expos, events and entertainment to Augusta. Whether planning an expo and looking for a place to stay, or visiting the convention center for an event, stay close and stay with Red Roof Inn & Suites Augusta West.
  • A one of a kind pottery shop in the heart of Augusta,Tire City Potters (11.1 miles) is an in-house pottery boutique bringing you hand crafted pieces prime for everyday use. Pitchers, bowls, mugs and other useful everyday items with an artistic flair. Check out the artistic art galleries and show rooms like Artists Row, Artistic Perceptions and Art on Broad (12.1 miles).
  • Shop the hottest brands and styles atthe Augusta Mall (2.6 miles). Get great deals on all of the latest fashions and enjoy a day of shopping.
  • On your college visit toAugusta State University (7.9 miles), Paine College (8.8 miles), Medical College of Georgia (8.8 miles) or Georgia Regents University (10.6 miles) stay with Red Roof Inn & Suites Augusta West. Stay close to campus and get a true feeling for campus and the flavor of Augusta.
  • Enjoy some of the fine arts during your stay in Augusta atthe Augusta Ballet and Grover Maxwell Performing Arts Center. Enjoy Ballet, classical music and other arts to bring out the musical and artistic beauty in the world.
  • We support our troops and on your next visit toFort Gordon (6.9 miles), stay with Red Roof Inn & Suites Augusta West and stay in comfort surrounded by amenities like in room coffee and flat screen TVs. We understand that the stress of life on the base can be taxing. Book Now and check out our 10% military discount.
  • Visit theAugusta Market, Saturdays on the Riverwalk. See all of the great items and food there is to be had at this fantastic local event.
  • Stay in comfort during your next procedure or visit tothe Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center (6.9 miles), Doctor’s Hospital (2.6 miles) and Trinity Hospital- Augusta (7.4 miles) right here in Augusta. We know healthcare can be stressful, on your next visit, stay in comfort at the Red Roof Inn & Suites Augusta West.

Safe travels and happy adventures!

-Katie

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Experience Houston

Visit America’s fourth largest city and plan your next travel experience to Houston, Texas. Sports, museums, shopping and world-class dining – come see it for yourself. During the evening and night hours check out the nightlife on Washington Avenue. Southern hospitality meets urban chic city here. Come out and explore and see what there is for you to do in Houston.

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Check out the many parks and outdoor attractions. If you are the outdoorsy adventurous type, then Houston is a must see city:

  • Wet ‘n’ Wild SplashTown – Enjoy thrilling waterslides, a lazy river, a water park and more!
  • Discovery Green – Enjoy kayaking, restaurants, events on the green, play fountains and more!
  • Hermann Park – Explore a Japanese Garden, a cafe, pedal boats and more!
  • Armand Bayou Nature Center – Reconnect with nature and explore wet lands, prairies, bayous, forests and more!
  • Enjoy fun on the water such as canoeing, fishing, jet skiing, boating and more.
  • If you are bringing your four-legged friend along with you, check out the many dog parks in the area.

Sports fanatics, come here any time of the year to see professional sports in action:

  • Cheer on the Texans at NRG Stadium. Tailgating starts four hours before game time, so get your appetite ready and come grill out before watching some football.
  • Basketball fans can cheer on the Rockets at Toyota Center.
  • Baseball lovers, head over to Minute Maid Park and see the Astros in action.
  • Catch a soccer game and see either the Dynamo or Dash teams compete. Live music, giveaways, food and more are all part of the pre-game tailgate.

History buffs, explore the rich culture that Houston has to offer:

  • Take the architecture tour and experience the historic buildings and the past of the city.
  • The Texas Independence Trail – Trace the road that led to Texas’ freedom and stop at important sites along the way.
  • Bayou Bend – The Museum of Fine Arts Houston house museum for American decorative arts and paintings.
  • Haunted Houston – Houston is said to be one of the most haunted destinations in the US. Explore the many old, historic buildings said to be inhibited by ghosts.
  • Heritage Society Complex – Explore the outdoor, interactive historic museum that holds 9 historic structures.

There’s always something happening in the city. Check out an event while you are visiting:

Whether you prefer indoor or outdoor activities, sport games or museums and galleries, fine dining or casual takeout – there is something in Houston for everyone. Enjoy the mild, year-round temperatures while exploring the diversity that the city offers. Come act like a local for a few days and discover the Southern charm of Houston.

Make sure to get the most out of your travel experience by staying at one of these pet-friendly, budget friendly Red Roof Inns while in town:

Safe travels and happy adventures!

-Katie

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