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About eleven or twelve years ago we did a trip around New England where we drove. We would drive four or five hours a day, stopping when we felt like it. We had a rough itinerary, but it was very soft, and in fact we modified it along the way, as things came up.
We drove from Rochester, NY to Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and back to New York. We visited place like the winter Olympic facilities in Lake Placid, the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream factory, and maple syrup factory, Mt Washingotn, Stephen King’s house, Acadia National Park, a submarine museum, Salem Mass, the MIT Museum, The Baseball Hall Of Fame in Cooperstown, and even more. All of this was done in a week long driving trip.
Now we are looking at doing it again. I was considering April, but my wife showed more thought than I did, and pointed out that we would likely still be facing questionable weather. Also many things might not be open that time of year. The time we did it before was the week before memorial day. It was quiet. Kids were in school. We had many of the campgrounds to ourselves. It was very relaxing. So while I was thinking we could do it in April as part of our anniversary celebration, it might be better to wait till May for this trip. We can always do something else for our anniversary.

Back in November I stayed at the Comfort Inn in Akron, Ohio. Comfort Inn is part of the Choice Hotels chain. It wasn’t the greatest hotel stay I have ever had. In fact, there were a lot of problems. I wrote about it on my blog. And I either filled out a comment card, or commented through their web site. I don’t remember which. But on November 7th, I got a nice letter from a manager in their customer relations department. He appoligized, and said they appreciated me bringing these matters to their attention. He also wrote that my comments had been forwarded to the hotels’ management, and that I would recieve a response from the hotel within the next 7 to 10 business days. I put the letter aside.
Just the other day as I was doing some cleaning, I found the letter. I had never been contacted by the hotel’s management. Interesting. While I appreciated the letter from Choice Hotels International, it bothers me that I never heard back from the management at the Comfort Inn. Maybe it was the appathetic management style at the Akron Comfort Inn that led to the problems I experienced?
I have thought about calling the customer relations manager at Choice Hotels International, and bringing the lack of response to his attention. They even included a 1-800 number. But at this point, I don’t know if I want to bother. I am not planning on staying at the Comfort Inn in Akron again, and will probably think twice about staying at a Comfort Inn elsewhere.

Our 13th wedding anniversary is coming up in April, and I am trying to find an idea for a romantic anniversary getaway. My wife is between jobs, and looking to go back to school. Her job schedule limited the things we could do before. But now she has time to do stuff. But now since we only have one income and the potential for large school tuitions coming, we are limited to how much we can afford.
She was looking at hotels that overlook Niagara Falls, and that have hot tubs in the rooms. A couple days in one of these can be pricey. The first night seems to run about $500 or more, with the second night being cheaper at under $200. Maybe to encourage you to stay more than one night? Or maybe they have to clean the hot tub after every change in occupents? I don’t know.
My wife was also looking at bed & breakfasts up in the Adirondacks. These also were not cheap. I have thought it might be fun to go up to the Adirondacks and do some mountain climbing. I would like to climb the 46 high peaks. My wife is not yet in shape enough to climb any of them however.
I have been playing with the idea of a 7 day Carnival cruise. As a past guest, we can get some relatively good prices on cruises. After September we can do a 7 day cruise for about $500 each for an inside cabin. But if things work out, she will be in school in Setember. Besides, our anniversary is in April. The prices fro April start at about $700 each. Still a good price. But then you have to add airfare, and taxes, and ground transportation, parking at local airport, gratuities, and all the money that we are likely to spend aboard ship. Then add all those expensive excursions. Quickly the cost of a cruise adds up. But I would love to do a cruise. Who knows when we will have time to do one again. Maybe for a 15th wedding anniversary.
We already have a trip planned for June to go back to Seattle to visit family. So maybe just a less expensive trip.
I will have to do more research into the Adirondaks.

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