Monthly Archives: August 2012

Smoke Clears on Colorado Inns

Colorado Ready for TravelersThe Colorado wildfires are all over the news. We are glad to announce that the smoke has cleared, and much of the state remains largely unaffected by the fires. Some of the most popular destinations and attractions are open for business and are less crowded than average.

We checked in with some of the Select Registry inns in Colorado. Each inn reported that it sustained no physical damage from the recent fires and is ready to welcome you.

Allaire Timbers Inn

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A “Vacation of a Lifetime” in Retrospect

California sun and surf!

After nearly two weeks on the road, we finally arrived in Santa Cruz, California. It was a relief to arrive safe and sound (somehow we avoided any major delays, wrong turns or mechanical issues with the 4-Runner), but we’re also a little disappointed that this amazing trip has come to an end. I think it really hit us when, instead of pulling up to a fabulous Select Registry bed and breakfast, we showed up to Amanda’s new humble abode to find two boxes on the front porch (her bed). Fast forward several hours (and a tour of the local Goodwills), and Amanda’s room was already looking complete with the bed, a dresser and shelf system all set up. After a few more hours of unpacking and organizing, the new place looks great!

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Wish We Both Could Be California Girls

Idyllic is the best word to describe the Ballard Inn. General Manager, Christine Forsyth, has managed to keep the small-town feel of the Inn without sacrificing any big luxury. We arrived in the afternoon, to folks enjoying wine and hors’ dourves on the wrap around front porch, complete with lemonade and rocking chairs. It was like pulling up to a giant dollhouse. There were wine tastings available in the Inn, along with numerous sitting areas to relax and enjoy that wine.

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Celebrity Status in Palm Springs

We felt like Hollywood in Palm Springs! We were upgraded to a two bedroom villa, and with all the togetherness in the car all day, every day, it was nice for us to each have our own room. With so much space, including two living areas and a dinning space, we both felt like we had moved into a condo! The Villa Royale Inn feels like a European village. After 9 days on the road we decided to chill at this luxury Inn and spent most of the afternoon floating in one of two pools.

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Viva Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon

A picture is worth a thousand words and to be honest there is no way that any words I could muster would do the Grand Canyon justice. I will say that is was freaking AMAZING! If it is not on your list of places to see – add it now!

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Bucket List Item #25: Visit Sedona

Most people do not appreciate being told what to do, but I’m telling you that you HAVE to go to Sedona and when you do, stay at the Lodge at Sedona. Amanda and I agreed that this is one of the most beautiful places we have ever seen. The 25 mile drive we took down the canyon on 89A was breathtaking. It was the first time since Jackson, Mississippi that we saw tons of greenery, set against a back drop of Mother Nature’s red rock sculptures.

Gotta love that red rock!

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Hot Days and Cool Nights, New Mexico

65 degrees in Santa Fe for our morning run – Woohoo! Feels awesome here and the city is great. Last night Amanda and I stayed at El Farolito, an authentic New Mexico bed and breakfast. Locals refer to Santa Fe as city different and it is. The streets are lined with shops and galleries that represent local artisans. El Farolito prides themselves in supporting local artists and therefore the entire Inn is decorated with handmade local pottery, furniture, tapestries and paintings. Our room was so cool! Each of the private Casitas had a fireplace and private patio, with a southwest flare. The room was very comfy and cozy. We were able to sleep with the window and the door open since Santa Fe is so cool at night and has very few bugs. After spending a summer in Charleston getting eaten by mosquitos, this was pretty awesome!

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Rustic Charm in the Lone Star State

Inn Above Onion Creek

Saturday night we felt like true Texans. We got out of the big city and spent an evening under the stars at the Inn Above Onion Creek. After 11 hours on the road we were thrilled to drive up the mile-long driveway to such a beautiful, yet rustic, home. We had planned to eat, get dolled up and head into Austin for a night on the town, but after 5 minutes of being at the Inn the decision was unanimous to spend the evening sipping tea and enjoying the beautiful scenery.

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Pampered in Jackson, Mississippi’s Fairview Inn.

Sid’s very own welcome package at Fairview Inn.

“Oooooo, aaaahhhh, whoa” were all sounds coming from Amanda and I when we pulled into the Fairview Inn. This place is regal! Amber, the guest services manager was there to meet us and give us a tour of the Inn. From the look of the full library, spa, restaurant, and gift shop, we wished right away that we had more time there. We knew it would take longer than one night to experience all this Inn has to offer, but that’s okay… we’ll just have to come back!

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Georgia on our minds.

Amanda and I had a great morning! Once again we woke up early and went for a run. What a great way to see the places we have been so far, plus it was much cooler than Charleston was, thanks to a good rain storm last night.

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