Planning the Next Adventure! Washington D.C.

Our next adventure was started by an email from Airfare Watchdog.  I had previously signed up on their site and randomly read the emails they send me about airfare from my local airport.  This time when I read it I spied $88 round trip tickets from Detroit to Dulles.  I looked at the dates but nothing that worked for me in Aug/ Sept.

A few days later I am reading another email from Airfare Watchdog and I see the same rate.  This time I dug further into the dates and saw that late fall had some availability.  Bingo!  Daughter has fall break and I could get the time off work.  I booked those tickets on Frontier before the day was over!

Do not wait too long and think that an airfare will stay at a low rate.  For Frontier this seems to be a newer route for them so the price is still low, I got lucky that it was still offered pretty inexpensively! When I was last purchasing airfare the prices were changing by the hour while shopping for New York.  If you see a good fare jump on it!

I am still ironing out hotels.  Hotel prices seem to be running well above $200 a night and I just do not want to lay that kind of cash out for a few nights on a “cheap” trip!  I need to look at my hotel point inventory better.

Club Carlson gives me a few options.  There is a Country Inn and Suites out by Dulles but that is too far to commute each day (20 miles to the White House) but its only $129. There is the Radisson Largo which is starting at $173 a night but its almost a mile walk to the Metro station or waiting for their shuttle.  Its 12 miles to the White House so a little further out than I still want to be.  Or there is a Radisson near Reagan Airport in Crystal City.  This hotel is 3 miles from the White House but its also $209 a night. I could use points for these instead of cash.

IF Marriott is offering the stay 2 times get a night free I might be looking their way.  This seems to be a steady promotion but you never know for sure until the dates get closer.  I need a night at the Detroit airport before we leave so that would get me two stays in the promo period easily.

The Courtyard Washington D.C. / Capital is $269 and a couple of miles to the White House.  The FairField downtown is $239 a night. They are six blocks from the White House so that would be a pretty good location! I need to see how many points they take to book.

So a few things to nail down once I see the fall promotions being released.  Earn the free hotel nights as you burn the nights.


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New Hilton Promotion: Triple Your Trip

Hilton has released a new promotion called “Triple Your Trip”.  Sign up and then stay August 1 to October 31, 2014 to earn the bonus points.  You earn 2x on weekday stays (Monday through Thursday) and 3x on weekend stays.

You can register here:

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Going to an Anheuser Busch Clydesdale Showing

The Budweiser Clydesdales came to within a drivable distance of us a couple of weeks back.  My Cousin heard they were coming and asked if I wanted to drive out with her.  Which in turn meant my Daughter wanted to come and then my parents, so we set off with a car full!


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Walt Disney World Military Discount Tickets 2014

Walt Disney world is announcing a new military discount from August 25, 2014 to September 30, 2015.  This is for active and retired military members.

- Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper Option for $177 each, plus tax

- Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Water Park Fun and More Option for $177 each,  plus tax

- Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper and Water Park Fun and More Options for $207 each, plus tax.

Walt Disney World Resort tickets may be used September 28, 2014, through October 3, 2015, except that the tickets may not be used December 22, 2014 – January 2, 2015 and March 29 – April 9, 2015.

For information on Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to Walt Disney World Resort, or to make room reservations at Walt Disney World Resort, military personnel may call 407-939-7830 or participating U.S. military base ticket offices.




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Fricano’s Pizza in Grand Haven

This unassuming old house is home to some of the best pizza in West Michigan.  Fricano’s!


The inside matches the outside…


The pizza only comes thin crust.  The topping choices are sausage, pepperoni, mushroom, green pepper or anchovy.  And the pizza only comes in one size, 12 inches!


You get paper plates to eat from and a fork.


Its my favorite pizza in Michigan.  Take some extra home, its even better cold the next day for lunch. Pepperoni pizza is $9.75, cheese only is $9.50, and everything but anchovy is $10.50.

They also have locations in Holland, Kalamazoo, Muskegon, and Comstock Park.

Fricano’s is open Monday to Saturday from 5pm to midnight. Closed on Sundays.  Cash or check only. They also offer carry out.

1400 Fulton St, Grand Haven, MI 49417

More information can be found here:


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Savings on Disney Cruises

I am a book it myself type of girl.  I rarely use a travel agent unless I am traveling with others and then its just easier if someone else collects the payments, yada, yada…

But when it comes to a Disney cruise a travel agent is the easiest way to not only save money and make requests but they also offer on board credit.  We usually use the on board credit to pay our tips and buy photos.

In the past I have used Beth at Dreams Unlimited.  I get nothing from them, she has just done a good job for me in the past.  So please if you are looking at a Disney cruise use a travel agent that can get you some on board credit!!!! Even if you already booked with Disney often they can take over the reservation and get you some credit.

The current offer is if the cruise is $1,000 – $1,999 you get $50. $2,000 – $2,999 get $100, $3,000 – 3,999 get $150 and up from there.  And this can be combined with other offers like the Disney Visa $50 on board credit offer.  Just use your Disney Visa to book your cruise.

If there is a sale offering they can book those same prices for you and you get the on board credit also.

So please if booking a Disney cruise find a travel agent that will give you on board credit for the cruise and book through them.  And use them to make server requests or to ask them any questions you might have.

You can find out more information here:


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Day at Sea on the Disney Dream

On our second Disney Dream cruise we had a day at sea.  We figured Daughter was gone to her club and we had the day to ourselves.

I like to poke around and take pics of the ship when its not quite so busy.  So I hit the Enchanted Garden to take a peak.


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Disney Dream in Nassau Bahamas

We took the Disney Dream back to Nassau in the Bahamas for a family cruise. IMG_8718

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Disney Dream Excursions on Castaway Cay

I love Castaway Cay.  The beach is beautiful, the water so blue and its very family friendly!


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Disney’s Castaway Cay Island

We love Disney’s Castaway Cay!  The water is so beautiful and there is plenty of beach for everyone!  Even with many people on land you can still find quiet spots and explore on your own.

She looks pretty sitting at the dock…


And if you get off the ship soon as it docks you have lovely photos without other people in them!


The flower and foliage are so pretty…


And you never know who you are going to run into???


And the views from the beach are even better!


Or this view from my favorite refreshment location!


Its hard to leave such a stunning location…




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