Monthly Archives: December 2016

Tippecanoe Place Restaurant at Christmas

For part of our trip to the Oiver Mansion I wanted to include a lunch stop at Tippecanoe.  This home was the Studebaker Mansion before being turned into a restaurant in the 1980s. The Studebaker Mansion was finished in 1889 with approximately 40 rooms and 20 fireplaces.  This makes it a tad larger than the Oliver Mansion.

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The restaurant is beautifully decorated for the season and the smaller rooms would be perfect for a family party.

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Visiting the Oliver Mansion at Christmas

My Daughter and I enjoyed a tour of the Oliver Mansion called Copshaholm in October when we went to the Dressing Downton exhibit.  We really wanted to see this mansion decorated for Christmas.  The roads in the Midwest can be iffy at best in December but we lucked out and the snow changed to rain during our trip. The roads were not the best the whole time but we had safe travels.

We called ahead and were able to add our names to the 11am tour listing the day before.  I did not want to make the long drive and then not be able to tour the house.  You can do this by calling 574-235-9664 and speaking to the staff.

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Oliver Mansion

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This time our tour began in the carriage house connected to the museum so we had very little time outside.

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I Happen to Like Mules…

After our Free Tours by Foot tour of Charleston I asked Daughter what she wanted to do next.  I had a plan but that was about to go out the window.  Daughter wanted to go back to the market area and maybe (depending on costs) take a carriage tour.   My plan was to leave the historic area and head to Drayton for a tour before returning to the airport for our flight home.

We walked back through the market and saw different vendors.  Daughter purchased a nice matted photograph for her room. We also looked at various carriage tours and inquired on costs.  They all seemed to be around the same price but one vendor thought he would be funny and try to steer us in his direction.   He told us most carriages give the same tours but that his tour was not “half-assed and that they use horses for their tours.”  Not funny.  I am never a fan of bashing another business to make yours look better. And by the way mules are amazing creatures.  Guess what tour we did not take?

We walked around to the red barn a block over to inquire if they had room for a tour that afternoon.  Luckily for us being a Monday they were not overwhelmed and we were able to secure a tour leaving in a little over 30 minutes.

They offer a waiting area with decent bathrooms.  Lots of benches and fans while you wait or you can shop the market and return prior to your tour time.

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Palmetto Carriage Works

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They pull your carriage team up to the loading area and call your name to board by row.  We had 4 in our row and we were seated right behind the driver.

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Choice Hotels Winter Promo

Choice Hotels is out with a new winter promotion.  From December 15, 2016 – February 9, 2017 earn double points on every stay after you register.

Choice Privileges (TM)

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From their website:  What is a ‘qualifying rate’?

The same rates that are always eligible for Choice Privileges points are eligible for this promotion.

You earn Choice Privileges points for individual travel on the following rates:

Best Available Rate, Advance Purchase, Corporate, VIP and Net Preferred, Government/Military, Travelers’ Discount, AAA/CAA, PSCIEN, Package Rates, Small Organization Savings/Significant Savings, Senior Rate, Sports Rate, CPSA, Preferred Customer Savings Rate, Savings at Work, negotiated rates (N) and select LSRPs (select locally negotiated rate plans).

The following rates are not eligible for Choice Privileges points:

Rooms booked at rates below $40 per night, complimentary rooms, rooms paid for as part of a convention or meeting, or rooms booked through a travel agent or third party online retailer as part of pre-paid wholesale rates, wholesale packages or senior tours

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Fair Trade Friday December 2016

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I need to get a bigger mailbox for my Fair Trade Friday packages.  I was not sure what was in this months package but it took a little to get it out of my mailbox.

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Best Western Go Get Rewarded

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