Hotels Close to Bridgestone Arena

While there is a parking garage, you still might want to stay at a hotel within walking distance. You can also take the MTA bus which travels between the airport and a stop that is just a short walk away.

The Clarion Hotel Nashville – Downtown is a nice place to start your search as it is located within close proximity to all of the popular attractions n the city. There is a free shuttle that passes by every 30 minutes if you need help getting around.

Holiday Inn Express and Courtyard by Marriot are both affordable hotels close to Bridgestone Arena. The Hampton Inn & Suites in downtown Nashville is a good three-star hotel with free breakfast. If your budget will allow for a four star hotel, there is the Sheraton Grand, Union Station Hotel, and The Westin as the more affordable choices.

The downtown Hilton hotel is very popular and highly rated by music enthusiasts and sports fan alike. It offers more than 300 rooms of varying sizes. If you’re interested in apartment rentals, the Stay Alfred at 505 is located less than a mile from the arena. Each apartment has its own kitchen with microwave and refrigerator. Another option is the Vanderbilt Midtown 318 E23.

Keep in mind that whenever there is a major event the hotel prices will go up. This is true for every city. For this reason, it’s a good idea to book as far in advance as possible. The rates will only go up and up as the date of the game or concert gets closer. See if you can use any travel-related coupon codes or discounts to help you bring down the price.

Just because you’re looking for hotels close to Bridgestone Arena doesn’t mean you should forget about the rest of Nashville. While you’re in town you might as well check out other attractions like the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nissan Stadium, Johnny Cash Museum, Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, and the #1 attraction in all of Nashville: the Grand Ole’ Opry House. They don’t call Nashville “Music City” for nothing.

Vacation Without the Kids

Whatever your reason for wanting to travel kids-free is, there are plenty of hotels and resorts that now cater only to the grown ups. If you want to travel to e.g. Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic and stay at a hotel without running into (screaming) toddlers or young kids running around all over the place, then you are in luck. By now there are quite a lot of hotels and resorts in here, which are “adults only”.

You will need to know, though, that the hotels and resorts define adults as persons who are at least 18 years old. So young people and teenagers are still allowed to stay at these hotels.

Some hotels are 100% “adults only” while others only offer a part of the property as “adults only”. If you are looking for such a hotel, you should consider one or more of the following:

Excellence Punta Cana

Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa

Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar

Riu Palace Macao

Iberostar Grand Bavaro

Colonial Club at Majestic Colonial Punta Cana (part of the hotel)

Royal Suites Turquesa by Palladium

Barceló Bávaro Beach (guests also have access to the Barceló Bávaro Palace Deluxe hotel)

Royal Catalonia Bavaro (guests also have access to the Catalonia Bávaro Beach hotel)

Secrets Royal Beach

Punta Cana Princess (guests also have access to the Tropical Princess and Caribe Club Princess hotels)

Elegance Club at Majestic Elegance Punta Cana (part of the hotel)

Royal Service at Paradisus Palma Real (part of the hotel)

Royal Service at Paradisus Punta Cana (part of the hotel)

The Level Adults Only at Melia Caribe Tropical (part of the hotel)

Winter Travel Destination

  • Soviet Bunker:
    If you’re interested in more recent history then Vilnius is just the place for you to live under Soviet rule! Visitors are taken to a forest where they’re “ambushed” by members of the Red Army. Captured and blindfolded, the prisoners are then taken to a bunker, 19ft below ground, where they’re Soviet prisoners for three hours! This is “1984: Survival Drama In A Soviet Bunker” – a three hour long, interactive, quasi theatrical experience in a real Soviet bunker in the middle of the Lithuanian forest! Complete with KGB officers, real dogs and blindfolds, this is a hit with tourists!
  • Palace Of The Grand Duke Of Lithuania:
    This huge gleaming white palace, sitting in the middle of Vilnius, was first constructed during the 15th century. It flourished during the 16th and 17th centuries but was demolished in 1801. Reconstruction work started in 2002 and the palace was opened in 2009. It was officially open to the public in 2013. Serving as the national museum, its exhibits are rich with Lithuanian history from the Middle Ages and onwards. As snow clings to the palace during the winter, it makes for a breathtaking backdrop.
  • Gediminas’ Tower:
    It is the only remaining part of the Upper Castle in Vilnius. Legend has it that once upon a time, the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas was hunting in the woods when he got tired and retired for a nap. He had a dream of a large wolf standing on top of a hill and howling out loud. The dream was interpreted to mean that a city should be built in that place. Gediminas then went on to build Vilnius and he put a castle in the center of the city. Today, Gediminas Tower is the only part of the castle that remains standing. It has become an important historic symbol of the Vilnius and Lithuania.

Travel With Grand Children

Now, many years later, as an adult and an avid traveler, before leaving for a trip, I search out every museum in the town or city of our upcoming trip destination before hand. We fill every day with tons of activities, some of which is free or inexpensive, educational and all the while, we’re making memories as a family.

The Internet is a luxury I never had back in the seventies. Had it been around back those days, there’s no telling where I’d be today! Maps are easily at our disposal and GPS’s makes traveling so much easier. Nowadays, before arriving at a destination, I know exactly what we’re going to do and when we’re going to do it. Nothing bothers me more than to hear a bunch of teenagers whining about being bored and not having anything to do! Especially on my trip! So I plan every day ahead of time, and make sure that slack times are in the evenings where we gather around the pool and enjoy a good swim or if we’re camping out, we all gather around the fire where we can roast wieners or marshmallows, make s’mores and have family time and share our thoughts and pictures of the day.

We’re not the perfect family and no, we don’t always have a perfect vacation… but we make memories and have fun trying and that’s what makes it so good! Because we are not rich and have to vacation on a shoe string budget every year makes us appreciate the things we do and see, and the places we go! It’s not all about theme parks, glitz and famous places – there’s something good even in the smallest museums. You just have to know ‘what’ and ‘where’ it is! It’s called research! If you travel with teens, nine times out of ten they carry cell phones. Keep them busy on Google looking for fun activities in the town you’re visiting. You’ll never know what you may find!

Let me tell you about our trip last year.

Day one, we started off here in the South, drove to Amarillo, where we spent the night in an affordable room that served breakfast. In the evening before retiring for the night, we ate sandwiches and chips, and swam for a while and ended the evening with a movie or two. The next day we spent the biggest part of our day driving on to Colorado Springs, Colorado where we spent the next few days having a blast before going on to the next destination on our itinerary.

Day three, while we were in Colorado Springs, our first visit was to the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center in Woodland Park, Colorado.

They have a wonderful display of dinosaurs, prehistoric marine reptiles, pterosaurs and fish of North America’s late Cretaceous period. In addition to vibrant graphics and life-restoration sculptures, visitors could venture around the museum reading the stories of each specimen. They also have a working fossil laboratory where important recently discovered paleontological specimens are being freed from their rock matrix and undergoing restoration, as well as a children’s area where they can brush off fossils in our dig box, there are books to read, a magnetic board for them to make their own imaginative dinosaur, and a rubbing station where they can take home their colorful drawings of dinosaurs. Everyone in the family will enjoy the Dinosaur Resource Center. If you have a few extra dollars to spend, there is a gift shop for souvenirs.

Later that evening we had dinner, swam at the pool at our motel and spent the remainder getting baths, and ready for bed so we could get a decent start the next day. Since we had such a large group with us, we got multiple rooms where everyone wouldn’t be too cramped and could enjoy a good nights sleep after the long drive the day before and the outing this day. Our motel wasn’t the best but it provided the essentials we needed at an affordable price, and it was clean and quiet. We were on a budget!

The next day, we packed a picnic lunch and headed off to the Manitou Cliff Dwellings located in Manitou Springs, Colorado, five miles west of Colorado Springs.

We toured the Anasazi Museum. Impressive dioramas depicted the daily life of the Pueblo Anasazi. At the museum, we saw exhibits of tools, pottery, weapons, and informative videos that offered a glimpse of the mysterious people who left a remarkable architectural legacy on mesa tops and in cliff walls like the one at the Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Scientists still are unsure why the Anasazi left their cliff dwelling homes hundreds of years ago, but when you tour the dwellings and museum you’ll also become intrigued with finding out more about their lives as my family has.

The Manitou Cliff Dwellings was an all-time favorite. My grandchildren spent hours roaming through the cliff dwellings and climbing in and out the dwelling windows and outlets as the Anasazi children probably did hundreds of years ago. It was something we all found in common and most of the older grand kids are still in search of unanswered questions about the Anasazi of the Colorado Springs area that dwelt here many years ago.

Day five, we were on our way to Cripple Creek, Colorado for a one-night stay. We had a train ride the next day aboard the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Rail Road.

Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge train was small in comparison to the ones that we’ve rode in the past, but it was a huge blast with the kids as we took a scenic tour up the mountain. They took turns helping the conductor steer the train up the mountain. The younger children were excited beyond degree and talked about their experience driving the train for days to come. Though we had to drive quite awhile to get there it was worth it in the end.

Day six, we headed over to Sugar Bush Camp Ground located in Howard, Colorado just a few minutes from Salida where we’d spend the next three days camping out and touring the countryside. We drove over to Canon City to the Royal Gorge Bridge, the world’s highest suspension bridge that was built back in 1929.

You’ll find some surprising adventure awaiting you at the bridge – a miniature train, a theatre and historical expo, a skycoaster, zip line, gondola and the bridge’s newest addition, children’s playland. Your admission ticket allows you peruse the entire park. It may seem a little scary but it is truly worth the visit. Personally I am afraid of heights and walking the 2,200 feet across the Royal Gorge over 1,200 feet above the Arkansas River really wasn’t my cup of tea. I walked across in the middle with my eyes shut with grand kids on both sides leading me on! I frantically made my way across without looking through the cracks! The quiet and scenic views made the walk memorable but being the scardie-cat that I am, I wasn’t ready for the return trip back across.

Day nine, we left the Salida area and ventured over to Leadville. We rode the Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad later in the afternoon. Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, this scenic train trip lasted about two and a half hours. We traveled about 1,000 feet above the headwaters of the Arkansas River Valley. We chose the open car because the afternoon was cool and the kids enjoyed not being cooped up for the journey.

Day ten, we drove up to Lake City where we spent the next five days at TEXAN RESORT. We had a two-story three bedroom cabin large enough we could all spread out and stretch without bumping into each other at every turn. With all the comforts of home at our fingertips, we rested and enjoyed ourselves. While we were in Lake City, we had a picnic downtown at the park while the little ones played with the other kids. We grilled hamburgers in the evenings back at the cabin while the kids played horseshoes with some of the other guests at the resort. We were fortunate enough to meet up with some children who lived there year round who showed our clan some fun and adventure while we were there. The mornings were rather cool but sitting on the front porch wrapped in a cozy blanket and sipping hot coffee while the family slept on soothed my nerves. I wasn’t ready to go home. I’m not sure I’d really want to be in Lake City in the dead of winter but at this moment when all was well with me, it was a wonderful thought!

This is our fourth year staying at the TEXAN RESORT – they have cabins to fit your group size. Be sure and tell I recommended them when you call. If you like to fish, hunt, hike or just wan to get away for a few days, then The Texan Resort is the place to be.

While we were in Lake City, we took the kids to the park downtown, and we eased up the mountain to the Hard Tack Mine Tours & Museum. The tour into the mine shaft was cool and educational to say the least, but the gift shop caught their eye immediately. I handed out rolls of quarters and let them spend a few dollars on rocks and magnets, etc.

Later in the week on Friday, we went to the Mountaineer Theatre downtown and saw Finding Dora.

Lake City is a relaxed, laid back little town. There are a few horseback outfitters in the area and backpacking, and rafting if you’re into that kind of thing.

Our trip didn’t end there though.

On day sixteen, we left Lake City and decided to take a little longer getting home so we drove over South Fork, Colorado – camped out five days at River Bend Resort – the kids were utterly miserable because our cranky older neighbors kept yelling at them for playing in the water. Chevy Chase made a hit movie here back in the eighties and one would think it would be a family place. If you’ve got kids, this is not the place to be. It is filled with camper trailers and with that comes the older generation who don’t tolerate kids while they’re relaxing and fishing. We were comfortable and all that in our tents and with our air mattresses but the manager came down and threatened to make us leave if the kids kept throwing rocks in the water. So – next year, we won’t do that again.

Since there wasn’t a lot to do in South Fork, I drove the grand kids over to a little town called Mosca – we went to the Colorado Gators Reptile Park.

On Friday evening, we took the kids to the Star Drive-In theater a in Monte Vista about fifteen miles from South Fork. If you’re in the area, and want a real old-fashioned drive in experience, this is the place to be. There are two large screens and two different movies playing on the weekends.

We left South Fork and decided to stay several days in Blanding, Utah. We liked our motel, the Four Corners Inn – there was no pool but Lawrence, the general manager, made our stay comfortable and the breakfast every day were really good. Even though it didn’t have a pool, we were able to find a mini water park in town that was fairly reasonable and the kids loved it there. It stayed open from 1:00 in the afternoon until 7 p.m. We took a picnic lunch each day so that was really nice.

The kids enjoyed an outing at the Dinosaur Museum in Blanding.

We left Blanding and drove the few hundred miles to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The first three nights we were supposed to stay at Hotel Cascada but because of a transformer explosion that not only affected the electricity – it also blew out a water main – we were sent over to Home2 Suites. Every one at the motel was evacuated and sent over to the other motel. Some new arrivals were upset because they had driven for hours with their families but things happen. It was not their fault that the transformer blew. Michelle, the manager of Hotel Cascada, was as nice and polite as any one person could be and she went out of her way to assist her customers.

We spent three nights there at Home2 Suites and let me tell you, they had the best beds I believe I have ever slept on. The breakfast was super good as well. The staff made sure we were comfortable. There was even a dishwasher and fully stocked kitchenette in each room. We had to buy our own food though!

The last four nights we stayed at Hyatt Place Albuquerque/Uptown – the pool was awesome. The staff went out of their way to see to it we had a wonderful stay. Breakfast was not only good but everything was served fresh.

The kids had a blast out at Hinkle Family Fun Center located at the northwest corner of Tramway and Indian School in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

We rode the bumper boats, the go-karts, and spent endless hours inside playing the arcade games. This place is awesome and it’s not just for kids. They have this wheel similar to the one on the game show The Price is Right that is my favorite! I played it so much that I hit the 1000 jackpot every time! When it was time to go, it was a lot of fun redeeming the tickets for our gifts. Having over 7000 tickets, I split them with the grand kids and they picked out a lot of stuff to take home.

Chicago Hotels Overview

Some of the more popular neighborhoods to stay in include North Side, West Town, and the Loop. Also known as the city’s official downtown area, the “Loop” is a popular place to stay for tourists and business travelers alike. Popular hotels in downtown include Hampton Inn Downtown, Hilton Garden Inn (North Loop), Cambria Hotel & Suites, and Fairmont Hotel.

If you’re interested in a historic hotel, there is The Drake, which opened in 1920 on the Magnificent Mile; The Alise, which is housed in an 1895 skyscraper; Palmer House, Congress Plaza, Millennium Knickerbocker, The Whitehall, and several others. Many historic hotels are located in convenient locations throughout the city. Stay at any of these and you get to experience a part of history.

River North is a nice, stylish neighborhood that is located across the bridge from the Loop, and right next to the Magnificent Mile. It’s the place to stay if you appreciate fine art, fine dining, and design. Choose from a variety of comfortable hotels like Hotel Felix, Hampton Inn & Suites, Best Western, and The Godfrey Hotel.

Traveling with pets? That’s not a problem in Chicago, as many hotels and inns are pet-friendly. However, there are usually restrictions so make sure you request a pet-friendly room ahead of time. If you’re looking for family-friendly accommodation, hundreds of hotels offer discounts or even free-stays for kids 18 and younger who are accompanied with a parent or guardian.

The Windy City is a nice getaway for couples looking for a romantic vacation. The Peninsula and Langham are both luxury hotels that offer an amazing romantic experience. Others include The James Chicago – Magnificent Mile, Omni Chicago Hotel, Palmer House (A Hilton Hotel), and The Ritz Carlton.

The great thing about the internet is that it gives you plenty of tools to help you research Chicago hotels and other accommodation. You can view images, maps, videos, and reviews of all of the hotels in the city. You also have the option to search for airfare at the same time and book everything at the same time. All-inclusive Chicago vacations are worth looking into as well.

Steps Of Brewing San Pedro Cactus

  • Step 1 – Skin the cactus. De-spinning it would be the best starting point before then carefully cutting away the dark green skin of the plant. Using a serrated knife cut away white flesh until you are in the core of the plant and then dispose everything else but the white flesh.
  • Step 2 – Go ahead and prepare the flesh. You can use the traditional method where you cut the flesh into small chunks, adding them in a bowl and using potato smasher to pulverize. The most modern method of preparing the flesh would be to cut the flesh into chunks and throwing in your blender, adding water and then blending to pulverize.
  • Step 3 – Pour the flesh puree in a crock pot and add enough water. A good amount would be just enough to fill the pot. You can then add juice of 2 large lemons into the mixture.
  • Step 4 – Allow the mixture to boil lightly and then cook for at least 6 hours. If you are following the traditional way of preparing the brew, then it would be a good idea to pulverize some more and then allowing 12 hours to 36 hours of cooking.
  • Step 5 – Using a clean sheet of cloth, filter the pulp. You can secure the cloth over a bog bowl using rubber band so you can have an easier time filtering. Pour the juice mixture through strainer and then allow it to sit.
  • Step 6 – Allow the pulp to cool before then wrapping it in a clean cloth and squeeze out the remaining liquid. You can then dispose the pulp.
  • Step 7 – Pour the juice in your teapot and boil under low slow heat. You can set your fan on to assist the evaporation process. After a few hours of boiling, the juice should be around 2 ounces of a double shot amount.
  • Step 8 – After evaporating to 1 oz, pour into a glass pie pan and heat with a fan for 24 hours so you have resin in the end. You can then take the resin like substance and roll into balls and then coat with lemon juice to make candy.

Holidaying In Wayanad

Besides having all kinds of attractions, I love Wayanad because it also has accommodation issues all sorted out for those getting here. It has plenty of Homestays spread widely in the green countryside. The Malayalam families in this place are quite welcoming and offer an impressive touch of traditional hospitality of South India. The options here are numerous and are made up of estates, cottages, apartments, B&Bs, jungle stays, villas and holiday homes. The options are endless and to get the best I check out the details that matter to me every time I target holidaying in his part of India.

The views I get to enjoy from my accommodation facility is one of the things that I carefully consider. I love natural surroundings and considering that Wayanad has plenty of that in store; it is not that hard to find the homestay of my dreams. To enjoy he gardens and coffee plantations that are simply breathtaking, I choose estate stays. The estate Homestays not only offer stunning views, but also offer very comfortable lounging for my mornings and evenings. There is really nothing as fulfilling as sitting to relax before or after a day filled with activities.

I do make solo trips but I particularly love travelling with family and friends. Wayanad Homestays are accommodating considering that they come in different sizes to meet the needs of a travelling group. The villas here make the perfect selection for me when I am in the company of a number of people. They are not only spacious but also fully serviced ensuring that everyone enjoys the stay without any disruptions. I forget that I am away from home when in a villa; the homely feel just makes every minute enjoyable.

Wayanad offers so many stay options and considering how comfortable they are made to be, it is very easy to overspend or overstay. To make sure that I get the best from my stay here, I make a point of choosing a Homestay that I can afford for the length of my holiday without necessarily compromising on the service quality. Fortunately, with so many Homestays in this place, a little comparison and searching always lands me on a facility that has everything I love enjoying during my holiday at very affordable rates. Checking out the options beforehand also helps me in packing only things I need because most are provided for in the Homestays.