Our Hotel Touted A Turbo Chill Fridge. WTH Is A Turbo Chill Fridge???

People often make strange requests from hotels. Heck, we have a whole article full of them. The one request Sharon and I have most often isn’t that unusual, but we’ve been known to pick one hotel over another just because of access to this single amenity.

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That’s right, a refrigerator.

Now when we’re traveling to Texas, we prefer to have a full size fridge/freezer combo to bring home all that wonderful barbecue. This trip was different. I was headed to New Jersey for one night for my grade school reunion and Sharon had two requests. Bring home pizza and bring home pierogi.

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Our Two Night Stay In A Chicago Life Insurance Building

It’s not often that you get to stay overnight in a life insurance building that opened back in 1894, but Kimpton isn’t your everyday hotel chain. Now part of the IHG family of brands, Kimpton has a flair for taking extraordinary spaces and turning them into phenomenal hotels. The Kimpton Gray in Chicago is a perfect example.

I’ve already written about how I used my IHG Select Credit Card free night certificate to pay for the room instead of paying the $400+ a night that rooms were going for at the time. The Gray fit our needs for a quick weekend in Chicago, it was located in the Loop and right off the CTA from O’Hare and the United Center. While rooms at this hotel can be expensive, they’re really nice.

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Getting My Cheesy Kitsch On: Our Visit to South of The Border

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Drive up or down I-95 and after miles and miles of billboards promoting the place, just south of the North Carolina/South Carolina state line, you’ll find South of The Border (SOTB), a tourist attraction in Dillon SC, whose name is a tongue-in-cheek tip of the hat to its Mexican theming. A well worn tourist attraction since its humble beginnings as a beer stand 1949 (the just-north-of-the-border NC counties were “dry” at the time), SOTB runs on both sides of highway 501 and contains, among other things, a truck stop, a 300-room motel, several souvenir shops that sell everything from T-shirts to hats to fireworks to leather goods to beachwear and everything in between, a handful of restaurants, a 200-foot tall observation tower shaped like a sombrero, and the largest reptile exhibit in the country. Oh, and don’t forget the dozens of statues of animals such as dinosaurs, gorillas, dolphins, flamingos, etc., painted in whatever garishly beautiful color was the cheapest paint at the store that day.

For most people, SOTB is just a rest stop. For me, it was a vacation destination. See, I had
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Flying With Meds, How To Sleep Better On Long Flights, Trying To Drink At Every Bar In New Orleans, & More!

Happy Saturday friends, and hooray, it’s finally the weekend! Here’s a recap of what we wrote on YMMV this week. From great travel deals to what we’ve written to what others wrote that we really liked and wanted to share, it’s all here, in one convenient place!

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You Can’t Drink At Every Bar In New Orleans, But We Tried Anyway

Before our recent trip to New Orleans, everyone had a suggestion of a bar we had to try. Not only that, each bar had a specific reason to visit it. So by the time we finished the list, we could have spent the whole time in the city walking from bar to bar and still not have time to try them all. Our plans included other activities besides drinking, so there was no way we could complete the list in five days.

That doesn’t mean that we didn’t try.

We wanted to remember our trip, so we practiced moderation of our intake, as best as one can do when in a city where open containers are allowed on the streets. Here’s our list of places we stopped and our thoughts of each one (as much as I can remember). I’m gonna go in order of when we visited, cause the only notes I have are my pictures and our Facebook timelines. I have no doubt that there were dozens of places we should have gone instead. Oh well, there’s always next time.

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