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Pack Your Corn?

What?  Pack your corn?  What in the world, why would you pack corn?

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I read a post on a Disney planning travel community back in 2004 that still sticks with me.  Partly because it was just so odd that I have a hard time visualizing it and to remind me that travel looks different for all of us.

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The Station in South Haven

The station in South Haven is a great Mexican restaurant and has a very extensive beer/ drink list.  We stopped in on a weekday night for dinner on our way through town in August.  There was ample outdoor seating with large umbrellas to provide shade.  The cool nearby lake breeze helped keep us very comfortable.

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The husband loves it when he can get a couple of different items for his entree at dinner.  He went with the fish tacos, that he said were outstanding and Carnitas.  He added a side of street corn to top it all off.

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Disney Free Dining is Back

Walt Disney World is again offering “Free Dining” as a promotion.

From the Disney website “Book through September 29, 2019 for arrivals most nights:

  • September 1 through September 18, 2019
  • November 17 through November 27, 2019
  • December 8 through December 23, 2019″

More information can be found here: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/special-offers/free-dine-package/?fbclid=IwAR0dfrIWRQAwNASbkIZBN_HsOMsEy6P7tF_buxa8voawMzyWlLohPCtzgME

 

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Cedar Point Michigan Super Saver Ticket

Cedar Point is offering a Michigan Super Saver Ticket on their website.  A Single day visit is for admission, parking and unlimited drinks for $39.99.  A two day ticket is $79.99 and also includes a visit to the Cedar Point Shore Waterpark.

You can purchase the tickets here: Michigan Super Saver Ticket Link

 

 

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Radisson Rewards 120,000 Bonus Point Offer

DSCN0845From the Radisson Rewards website

“Let your travel take you farther in 2019 — Earn up to 120,000 bonus points on all eligible nights including Free Award Night redemption stays. Book now and stay by March 31, 2019 to earn more bonus points to redeem for future stays, gift cards, prepaid cards, airline miles and more.

Stay 1 night, earn 1,000 bonus points
Stay 2 nights, earn 3,000 bonus points
Stay 5 nights, earn 10,000 bonus points
Stay 10 nights, earn 50,000 bonus points
Stay 20 nights, earn 120,000 bonus points

The more nights you stay, the more bonus points you’ll earn, so book soon. This offer is available at all Radisson Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Radisson RED, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inn & Suites® by Radisson hotels worldwide.”

You can register here: Radisson Rewards Link

 

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Christmas at Copshaholm – The Oliver Mansion

We have toured the Oliver Mansion in South Bend around Christmas time in previous year.  The decorations and the lights add to the beauty of this historic house.  This year they are adding themed holiday dates to their tour line up.   The holiday tours are $15 for adults.

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From the History Museums website:

Christmas at Copshaholm: It’s a Wonderful Life

Friday, November 30, 2018

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

Christmas at Copshaholm: Finding the Magic of Frozen

Sunday, December 2, 2018

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Christmas at Copshaholm: A Fun Christmas Story

Friday, December 14, 2018

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

How the Grinch Found Christmas at Copshaholm

Sunday, December 16, 2018

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

And they are offering a holiday tea time this year in the carriage house.  The cost is $25 for adults.

 

Yuletide Tea: Snow Queen

Sunday, December 2, 2018

2:00 p.m.

 

Yuletide Tea: Time for Little Women

Sunday, December 16, 2018

2:00 p.m.

 

More information and tickets can be found here: https://historymuseumsb.org/plan-your-visit/buy-tickets/

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Sometimes Buying Points is the Better Deal

As a rule it usually is NOT in your favor to purchase points for a hotel stay.  Hotel and airline groups will swamp you with offers to purchase points.  Generally paying for the hotel is cheaper than buying points to cover the stay unless you are close to having enough points. BUT this week I came across a situation where it is much cheaper to purchase the points than to pay for the stay.

Choice Privileges is having a “members only madness week”. This week members can purchase points for 25% off.  Usually this is still not enough to encourage me to purchase except I remembered when looking for my next hotel stay that I had seen a Choice Hotel that was only 8,000 points for a weekend night this winter.  With this sale 8,000 points would only cost me $66.  The hotel I was looking at was going to cost me $220.83 total for the one night stay in a two queen room.

Also in the same city was the option for a hotel for 12,000 points that was a tick closer to the train station.  Those points this week would be $99 instead of $132 with the 25% off deal.  This hotel if you paid for it would be $282.78 for the date I need.  The 8,000 point hotel had good reviews and I am willing to walk the extra block or two to be at my destination so I went with that option.

Few people really want to brave the Midwest in cold temps so point values are down which can make for great redemption opportunities.

Choice Privileges® Reward Night Redemption


Nov 11, 2018 – Nov 30, 2018:
Sun – Thu 8000 /room
Fri – Sat 8000 /room
Dec 1, 2018 – Jan 31, 2019:
Sun – Thu 12000 /room
Fri – Sat 12000 /room
Feb 1, 2019 – Apr 15, 2019:
Sun – Thu 20000 /room
Fri – Sat 20000 /room

 

 

 

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Best Western Free Night for 10,000 Points Promo

Best Western is again offering a promo where any hotel redemption is 10,000 points.  We were able to use this promotion last year for a stay in Crystal River at the last minute.  This year the promotion is a little different, it is only valid for stays Sunday through Thursday.

Get a FREE Night for only 10,000 Points!

Best Western Rewards® members enjoy your exclusive offer. Best Western Members can redeem 10,000 points (or less) for a FREE night. Redemption offer runs between November 15, 2018 and January 15, 2019. The discounted FREE night offer is valid for stays at Best Western branded hotels in the U.S. or Canada, Sunday through Thursday only. Registration not required. Exclusions apply*.

More information can be found on their website here:West Western Promotion

 

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Six Flags 2019 Season Pass Flash Sale

Six Flags America is holding its 5th annual Flash Pass Sale for passes for the 2019 season. This sale lasts through September 3rd, 2018.

Season passes for 2019 are on sale for $53.99 and memberships start at $71.88.  This is a good deal because one day tickets bought online are $49.99 and $69.99 at the gate.

According to the Six Flags America website:

“5th Annual Flash Sale

Welcome to the Flash Sale — the guaranteed BEST sale we have each year on 2019 Season Passes, Memberships, and Dining Passes!

Buy Season Passes During Flash Sale for:

    • 70% off the regular price
    • FREE visits for the rest of 2018
    • FREE upgrade to Gold
    • FREE parking for 2018+2019 (save $20/visit)
  • FREE Holiday in the Park Friend Ticket*
  • 25% Food Discount on Special Days

Sign up for Membership During Flash Sale for:

  • FREE Holiday in the Park Friend Ticket*
  • Includes season admission to Hurricane Harbor New Jersey
  • Save up to 50% on almost everything every visit.”

More information and the link to the sale can be found here: https://www.sixflags.com/america/store/flash-sale

 

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Fair Trade Friday August 2018

It is my favorite day of the month again, Fair Trade Friday!

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I love how the box offers a little sneak peak.

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