Timeshare. Just saying the word evokes an image of a swarthy salesperson who’s going to try to get you to buy part of a hotel building that you can stay at for the rest of your life, and pay yearly dues for that privilege. I’ve actively avoided staying at any timeshare during our trips because I didn’t want the uncomfortable dance to avoid the sales pitch. Full disclosure: we own a part of Disney Vacation Club, a Disney timeshare. It’s one of the least sleazy and most respectable ones out there. If you go for a tour, there’s no high pressure sales pitch. In fact, here’s Mommy Points description of when she went for a DVC tour just to get a Disney gift card and some extra FastPasses.
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”
Happy Saturday, y’all! Here’s a quick recap of the posts we wrote this week:
This week Joe wrote about:
- Credit cards that pay the Global Entry application fee.
- The hotel merger that no one cares about.
- Our favorite way to see Sedona: in a pink Jeep.
- How to avoid pitfalls when you book with the Citi Travel portal.
- The things he will not do for Your Mileage May Vary.
And Sharon wrote about:
- Some of the weirdest hotel requests ever.
- Free beer & wine that will be served on American Airlines’ new flights.
- What to do if you’re afraid of flying.
- #TBT! Her complete video of the 1977-1995 version of WDW’s Electrical Water Pageant.
- How wearing compression stockings may help with swollen feet and legs on a plane (and might save your life, too!).
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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”
Another week, another weekend! Here’s a quick review of what we posted this week:
Joe wrote about:
- What to do when your Uber charge is higher than expected.
- His review of the Hyatt Residence Club Sedona, Piñon Pointe, in Sedona, AZ.
- How we got a last-minute upgrade on our Delta flight.
- Where you’ll probably stay with your Marriott free night certificate.
- Wondering what the big deal was with metal credit cards.
Sharon wrote about:
- The contest co-sponsored by LEGO and Airbnb where you can win a trip to the LEGO House in Denmark.
- Some of the most awesome airport pickup signs ever.
- Southwest Airlines’ plan to start service to Hawaii in 2018.
- Her newly-found 2005 video footage of Nara Dreamland, a Disneyland-knockoff theme park in Japan.
- Their visit to Grand Canyon Caverns.
Like this post? We have plenty more just like it and would love if you decided to hang around and clicked the button on the top of this page to follow our blog and get emailed notifications of when we post (it’s usually just once or twice a day). Whether you’ve read our posts before or this is the first time you’re stopping by, we’re really glad you’re here and hope you come back to visit again!
Sedona. The images that name conjures in your mind are unmistakable. Majestic red rock formations framed by a perfect blue sky. There’s no where else in the United States quite like it. Combine that with the beauty of the surrounding Oak Creek Canyon and you have an area that millions of tourists flock to see every year. Continue reading “Hotel Review: Hyatt Residence Club Sedona, Piñon Pointe, Sedona, AZ”
“Why are you visiting Ireland?”
This was a real conversation Sharon had with the immigration agent when we visited Dublin last year. My questioning was asked how long we were staying, which was about 8 hours before flying to London.
Traveling on points and miles opens up options you never had before. This includes scheduling in stops at places just to visit for a little while, or just for lunch. We do have a short list of places that we’ll go out of our way, a little bit, just for a meal.