Flying on a low cost airline isn’t our first choice. I’m not a big fan of their pricing structure and I’ve heard too many horror stories about people having problems. Let me say I booked this flight for us with our eyes wide open. It was the perfect flight times for our trip with a non stop that would give us an additional day at our location and save us from twenty of hours of driving. I planned for contingencies (What if the flight there gets cancelled or what if we get stuck at our destination?) I booked our tickets with the Citi Prestige card since it has the best trip insurance of any card out there and crossed my fingers. Continue reading “Quick Thoughts About Our First Flight With Frontier Airlines”
For us, miles and points are a way to travel the way we want to. Sometimes that’s flying in business class to Japan and other times that’s staying in a luxury hotel in Austria. However, it also means having the ability to stay in exactly the hotel we want when we want to stay there. This review is about one of those latter type of hotel stays.
We’ve stayed in several hotels around Times Square and have our favorites. This hotel stay was different. Besides running this website, one of the things we like to do is sing. In fact, we were fortunate to get the chance to sing at Carnegie Hall in a show with a New York-based concert production company in February. After getting the schedule, we saw that the show rehearsals were being held at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel. There were award nights available at the hotel for the days we needed, so I went and booked a five night stay for our trip. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed our stay and I’m adding it to our list of places we’d be willing to stay again.
When we knew we were going to visit Las Vegas last fall, we asked our readers about places we should visit and Mary Lee C. mentioned that we should visit The Neon Museum. Located just a short distance from the classic Las Vegas hotels on Fremont Street, the museum, founded in 1996, is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. Besides that, they have a big bunch iconic neon Las Vegas signs on their lot and Mary Lee knew that was right in our tacky tourist sweet spot.
I love Sedona. I really do. I think it’s indescribable and you need to see it to understand the beauty of the area. That being said, we’d seen it already so it wasn’t high on our list of places to revisit. During our Southwest trip, we could have made the drive from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon in one day and been totally OK with it. It just happened that that between my scheduled vacation days from work and our reservations at the Grand Canyon, we had a couple of days to spend somewhere so we decided to go back to Sedona. Not because of the red rocks, the vortexes or the art but because of a restaurant. (Note: This was before we went on our Pink Jeep ride so I admit that I was wrong about returning and we had a wonderful time while we were there.)
We’re not beyond traveling to eat at a restaurant. We went back to the pizza place at the Grand Canyon because we had such good memories from our last trip. This was different. During our last trip to Sedona with Adventures by Disney, we had a free night to eat wherever we wanted. Some people went to the Cowboy Club to try the rattlesnake but we passed on that. Instead, we asked our guides a question my dad taught me years ago: “If you were here for only one night, where would you eat?” This is a different question than what people often ask, “Where’s a good place to go?” That question makes the person you’re asking try to figure out what you like. Instead, my dad’s question asks where THEY like. Continue reading “Restaurant Review: Dahl & DiLuca Ristorante Italiano, Sedona, AZ”
While I tend to be obsessive when it comes to making travel plans, that obsession is usually focused on the how and where. Meaning, I want to have the travel part of traveling (airplane, rental car or public transportation, and hotel) figured out and reserved. However when it comes to the actual plans of what we’re going to do when we get somewhere, I’m a little more relaxed. I like to be aware of what options are available but unless it’s something where we need to have a reservation or ticket in advance, I’m willing to let us make up our minds as we go along. That way we can just do what we want and not something that sounded great three months ago.
We had one full day to spend in Sedona, but besides knowing where we wanted to eat for dinner, we had no other plans. After grabbing our morning coffee, we walked down from our hotel, the Hyatt Piñon Pointe, to wander around the downtown area. The first place we came upon was the storefront of Pink Jeep Tours. If you’ve ever been to Sedona, you’ve seen the Pink Jeeps driving around. They’re everywhere. Sharon and I had the same thought at the same time, “Want to go for a ride in a Jeep?” That’s about as spur of the moment you can get for us. Because we waited until the last minute, some of the more popular trips were booked up but we were able to get a tour that was leaving in 90 minutes. That was enough time for us to look around a bit, catch a bathroom break and then be back in time to check in. Continue reading “Our Favorite Way To See Sedona: In A Pink Jeep”
For all of the adventuring Sharon and I do, we tend to be creatures of habit. If we find a place we like, we’re loyal to it. For this reason we end up going to the same three restaurants every time we visit Schlitterbahn. Besides the fact that we like them a lot, when visiting places we’ve been to before we know what we’re going to get.
So when we were going back to the Grand Canyon ten years after our last trip, I was curious to see if one place I remembered was still open. As it turned out, they were and have expanded quite a bit since our visit a decade ago.
I’m sitting at my desk on New Year’s Eve and looking back on what happened in 2017. One of the biggest events in our house was starting this website. It’s been a wild ride and I still remember when we were trying to decide on a name for the site. I’ll gladly admit that Your Mileage May Vary was Sharon’s idea (Note from Sharon: Mmmm hmmm!) but I was the one who convinced her it was a good name. Here we are now, 430 posts later. Thanks for joining us for the ride. Continue reading “Ten Things In 2017 On Which We Can Look Back”